When Nacer Chadli secured a move from relegated West Bromwich Albion to French side Monaco this summer, many were surprised at the step up for the Belgian.
Ever since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in 2016, Chadli has struggled to impress at the highest level of European football, indicating Spurs sold the attacker at the perfect time.
Chadli was originally signed by Spurs from Twente in 2013, going on to score 25 goals and supply 16 assists in 119 appearances in north London.
Yet in his final season at White Hart Lane, the Belgian international scored just three times and registered two assists in 29 league appearances — signs of a player in decline.
After agreeing a multi-million pound move to West Brom, Chadli made just 38 appearances in two injury-hit years, bagging only six goals and five assists.
The Baggies were relegated and the attacker swapped the Midlands for Monaco, where he has made twelve appearances and contributed to zero goals this season.
Over two years since departing Tottenham Hotspur, Nacer Chadli’s form and club fortune have dipped precariously, and with Monaco sitting second from bottom in Ligue 1, the prospect of two straight relegations is startlingly possible.
Spurs made the correct decision to cash in on Chadli back in 2016, as the Belgian’s career has entered a downward spiral ever since.