After a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough, it was clear that West Brom needed to strengthen their attacking options. They have quickly moved in the transfer market to sign Nacer Chadli from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee reported to be £13 million. He joins on a four-year contract and is a huge improvement on the attacking wide options already at the club.
This move to the Baggies ends a three year spell at Tottenham, in which he has made 119 appearances and scored 35 goals. He joined in the summer of 2013 as part of the summer spree with the Gareth Bale money. His departure means that only Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela remain from the seven players signed in that window.
Chadli has had a relatively successful spell at White Hart Lane, with his best season being the 2014/15 campaign, as he was a regular and scored eleven league goals. Tottenham have continued to progress as a club and Chadli was no longer seen as a useful player to have around. However he has left with a good relationship with the supporters and everybody connected with the club will wish him well at West Brom.
He is a direct winger, who likes to move inside and attack the penalty area. His movement is clever and he often finds pockets of space in the final third. Chadli is a good finisher, which is something West Brom have lacked during the opening three matches. They are threatening from set pieces, but haven’t managed to create many chances from open play. Chadli should help rectify this and provide cutting edge from the flanks.
The Belgium international can play a number of attacking positions, but he is best suited to playing as a left winger. At the weekend, West Brom had James McClean in this role and he looked dangerous in the first half. However, Chadli would be a significant upgrade and this is likely to be where he fits into the starting eleven at West Brom.
Although he will provide a goal threat, it will be interesting to see how Chadli performs at West Brom as he will be a prominent figure in the attack. At Tottenham, he was playing in an excellent attacking unit alongside Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, which allowed him to go unnoticed a lot of the time and exploit the spaces created by better players. It will be different at West Brom as they will be relying on him to influence matches regularly and he will need time to adapt to this role.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Chadli joining West Brom:
West Brom fans were happy with the signing:
In todays market Chadli at 13m is a bargain. Hopefully another few on the way.
Absolutely buzzing with that one #WBA
— FPL CHI (@FPLCHI) August 28, 2016
By the sounds of some spurs fans, Chadli was quality for them, extremely happy about the signing #wba
— rondxn (@Benjijohnson_1) August 29, 2016
Some Spurs fans didn’t think he should have been sold:
I am genuinely flabbergasted as to why we have sold Chadli. He may not have been world class, but he was a very good squad player. #THFC
— Chris Duncan (@coach_chris83) August 29, 2016
Personally would have kept chadli because of his CL experience but hes clearly not suited to how we play
— Hamid (@HamidTHFC) August 28, 2016
The majority wished him well and it is clear Chadli is well thought of within the Spurs’ fanbase:
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) August 29, 2016
Kinda saddened to see Chadli go tbh. Not the best player but scored goals. Hopefully a few players coming in before deadline. #thfc
— Maxey (@arcticmaxey) August 29, 2016
Chadli is one of the few players sold that I am going to miss. Good memories.
— Danny (@DannyO_THFC) August 29, 2016
Finally, many aren’t convinced that Chadli fits into Tony Pulis’ system:
Not really sure Pulis is the right manager for a player like Chadli. Bit of a weird one in truth.
— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) August 29, 2016
Chadli is a decent signing for Albion, doesn't strike me as a Pulis signing mind.
— A??? D (@AnnoDomini79) August 29, 2016
Cant see Chadli being a succes at WBA. Had very little work ethic and Pulis wont tolerate that
— Christian Wainwright (@Christian_Wain) August 28, 2016
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