Why Mauricio Pochettino must drop Tottenham's Nacer Chadli

The Tottenham Hotspur winger needs a rest. And it could benefit him more than anyone.

If there's one player Tottenham fans have consistently criticised in recent weeks, it's Nacer Chadli.

Whether in the stands, on Twitter or in the comments section on HITC Sport, the Belgian hasn't exactly been lavished with praise of late.

Even if some disagree, the 26-year-old is a good player. He's had runs of form at White Hart Lane where he's been near enough unstoppable, contributing with assists and goals in key moments and netting the odd stunner.

Right now, though, Tottenham supporters aren't seeing the real Chadli and it's not hard to see why criticism has been aimed at the Belgian.

He needs a rest, it's as simple as that. And, ahead of a vital week for Spurs, there might not be a better time to drop him.

Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of keeping his players fit and he doesn't really believe in the need to rest someone all too often. He'll drop them from the team completely - Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli, Younes Kaboul - but rarely will he sit them out for a game or two and then put them back in.

The increased competition at Tottenham means he can afford to do so now. Erik Lamela has found some form, Christian Eriksen is returning, Clinton Njie will be eager to prove himself and Heung-Min Son already has.

Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, Manchester City in the Premier League and Monaco in the Europa League are all tough, important fixtures. Whether Pochettino goes with a second string against the Gunners or not, Chadli needs to be given a rest at some point. He'll only return to the team a better player.

Or the 26-year-old can keep turning out for Tottenham while he's off form... 

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