Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nacer Chadli told L’Equipe about his main aim for club and country looking ahead to next season.
The Belgian is keen to turn himself into a first choice option for Belgium, while making himself one of the first names down on the team sheet under Mauricio Pochettino next season.
He’s explained that he currently sees himself as a backup style of player and someone who comes into the team when other options aren’t available.
“I try to play the maximum, even though I'm not always the first choice. When a player is missing, it is often me playing. I hope to play more often to become an undisputed player in my position,” he said.
The first challenge for Chadli looking ahead is to stay fit, which should allow him to accumulate a high number of appearances.
He struggled with a few fitness problems during his first season at the club, but was able to make a big impression under Pochettino last season, accumulating a total of 28 starts in the Premier League.
The best way for him to turn himself into first choice for his country is to focus on performing well for Tottenham.
If he plays out of his skin at club level, he will force his way into the team regularly at international level, which will only improve his game and make him a more consistent player at club level.
Chadli secured 11 goals and five assists in the Premier League for Tottenham last season and produced a superb performance in the North London derby away at Arsenal, among other good displays.
Along with his aim of becoming first choice, he should be looking to improve his tally in both of those columns.