Tottenham Hotspur attacker Nacer Chadli is one of those who can look back on a solid start to the 2015/16 campaign from an individual perspective after posting a notable improvement from last season.
The 26-year-old arrived at Spurs as one of a number of players funded by the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, adding immediate pressure on his shoulders to perform.
Nobody was expecting the attacking midfielder to be as effective as Bale, but for the money Spurs spent in the summer of 2013, they had to get the majority of their signings right.
Unfortunately for them, on most accounts they didn’t. However, Chadli is proving to be one notable exception as he continues to improve in North London.
During his opening season, he made only 24 appearances, scoring one goal. Last season under Mauricio Pochettino, Chadli scored 11 and added a further five assists in 28 Premier League starts.
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Yet, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, his early season form suggests he could do even better this season as he posts an improvement in five key attacking categories.
So far this season, he has one goal and one assist to his name, but the Belgium international averages more shots, key passes and ball recoveries per Premier League encounter.
Moreover, Chadli has averaged more touches and accurate passes per match this season, suggesting that his influence is ever-growing and he is now being recognised as one of the side’s better players.
Spurs may not have had the best of starts to the current campaign, but there are positives to take with Chadli, and also Eric Dier showing signs of improvement and continued development.