Toby Alderweireld backs Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Nacer Chadli to recover from Belgium heartache

Nacer Chadli

The Spur forward was left out of the Belgium Euro 2016 squad.

Belgium are considered by many as one of the favourites to win Euro 2016 this summer. Marc Wilmots’ side is full of extremely talented players – including plenty from the Premier League.

Three players from Tottenham Hotspur are in the Belgium squad. Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele have all been included. However, one Tottenham player was left disappointed. Nacer Chadli only made the standby list for the Red Devils.

Speaking about Chadli’s omission his Spurs team-mate Alderweireld told Sky Sports (in video) this week:

“It’s very difficult for him because for the last five years he was with the squad but now he’s out.

“It’s mentally hard for him but I know Nacer he will fight back and he will come back strong.

“It is tough for him and of course I felt for him but that’s the way football works.”

Chadli, who has scored three goals in 30 international caps, is used mainly as a substitute for Spurs. He has played just 914 minutes of Premier League football this season, compared to the 2415 minutes he played last term, and Wilmots admitted to RTL Sport last week this was the reason behind Chadli’s absence:

"Nacer experienced, as did Thorgan Hazard and Kevin Mirallas, a difficult season.

“In recent months, he did not often play with Tottenham and he is in my opinion not 100% ready.”

The Spurs attacker will surely be considered the potential first-choice should one of Belgium’s attacking options pulls out of the squad – although Everton’s Kevin Mirallas and Eden’s little brother Thorgan Hazard might have something to say about that.

He has proven in the past that he has good mental strength and, as Alderweireld suggests, it would be a brave man who bets against the Spurs man turning this negative into a positive.

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