For Nacer Chadli Saturday afternoon’s display proved one of two halves, as Tottenham limped to a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The visitors took the lead on 80 minutes when substitute Dele Alli headed pas Kasper Schmeichel. However, the home side earned themselves a share of the spoils just 90 seconds later thanks to Riyad Mahrez's well-placed strike.
Chadli was almost non-existent in the first half before coming alive in the second period, and despite offering relatively little support for lone striker Harry Kane, he will go down as one of the club’s most threatening players on the day.
|Match||Total Shots||Shot Accuracy (%)||Key Passes||Accurate Passes||Pass Accuracy (%)||Dribble Success||Aerial Duels Won||Times Dispossessed||Mins Played|
|Nacer Chadli||Leicester vs Tottenham||5||0||1||30||91||0||3||1||90|
The Belgian international finished the previous campaign as the club’s second-highest scorer, and his display at Leicester suggests that he will continue to be a key player in the final third.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, he fashioned five attempts at goals – more than any other player involved - although he missed the target from each and every attempt.
While Spurs’ opposite winger, Erik Lamela, emerged as the afternoon’s most creative player, Chadli recorded greater success in his distribution than other player who featured for the full ninety-minutes; 90.9% success-rate.
His efforts also saw him assist Dele Alli’s second-half opener for the club, playing a perfectly weighted cross into the pass of the young former MK Dons midfielder, who bundled the ball into the back of the net
In a game of very few positives for the Lilywhites, Chadli’s willingness to attack the opposition proved a rare highlight. Although unsuccessful in all of his attempts, the club’s fans will surely praise the player’s sense of adventure.