West Bromwich Albion attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli has been named in Roberto Martinez’s preliminary World Cup squad, much to the amazement of all Baggies fans.
The 28-year-old has rarely featured for Albion during their disastrous relegation season, with injury limiting him to just six appearances in all competitions for the club.
The Belgium international has even been included over Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who today also his international retirement after receiving the disappointing news.
Chadli is arguably the most fortunate player to be in Martinez’s World Cup squad, considering he only featured four times in the league for a team that was relegated in the most disastrous fashion.
The former Tottenham player has a relegation release clause of £17 million, so there’s a chance for him to sign for another club if he is able to show the quality that former Premier League manager Martinez has evidently seen in him.
Other notable names also in the Red Devils’ squad to take to Russia include Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Chelsea’s Eden Hazrd and Thibaut Courtois, and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.
Imagine being Radja Nainggolan this morning. The best midfielder in a side that's just almost reached the Champions League final, and to wake up and see that you're not in the World Cup squad and Nacer Chadli is. Top managers manage club sides. International football is for crabs
— Ian Mc (@redmysterio96) May 21, 2018
What is this I hear of Radja Naingolan not going to the World cup with Belgium but Nacer Chadli will be on the plane, Henry and Martinez; What Happen?
— Adeyemi Adesanya (@yemiTM442) May 21, 2018
— Chris Williams (@chrswllms) May 21, 2018
#wba how has Nacer Chadli made the Belgian squad?
Fugger has barely kicked a ball in anger. Hope he has a storming World Cup and we get £30m for him.
— Craig Seager (@1rockstar123) May 21, 2018
Worth adding that Nacer Chadli has made the provisional list despite only playing 410 minutes of football this season, and Christian Benteke is in despite scoring three goals in 31 games. Origi has scored seven in 36.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) May 21, 2018
Many football supporters have taken to Twitter to highlight their disbelief to Chadli representing the Midlands side for Belgium in this summer’s World Cup in Russia. His inclusion sees him as one of just two current Baggies to represent the side in the summer tournament, along with Egyptian centre-back Ahmed Hegazi.