Nacer Chadli: Why the Belgian may be a force to be reckoned with at West Brom

West Bromwich Albion have officially confirmed the signing of midfielder Nacer Chadli from Premier League opponents Tottenham.

Although both clubs have remained mum on the transfer fee, the latest reports from the Hawthorns suggest that the 27-year old was sold for £13 million on a four-year deal.

The Baggies have maintained a relatively silent summer- as Chadli becomes only their second acquisition following the arrival of Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers, but that has by no means waylaid their campaign as they currently sit 10th in the Premier League log with 4 points from 3 matches.


Early life

Born on 2 August 1989 in Liege, Belgium, Chadli spent his youth career with JS Their-a-Liege, Standard Liege and MVV between 1994 and 2007.

His first run with the senior team was at AGOVV Apeldoorn where he scored 28 goals in 90 appearances before moving to FC Twente in 2010.

He registered similar numbers with the Dutch side [25 goals  in 84 appearances] during his three-year stay at the De Grolsch Veste, before moving to England in 2013.

The Belgium international made 119 appearances for Spurs, scoring 25 goals to the good, but looked to start anew after failing to feature for Mauricio Pochettino’s side thus far into the season.


Can he cement himself in the team?

From the looks of it, Tony Pulis has signed the midfielder will the hopes of making him a regular starter.

In fact, The Baggies gaffer assured during the unveiling that Chadli is exactly what his side need, and could immensely contribute to their cause this season.

Versatile as he is with equal strength on both feet, he can comfortably operate as an attacking midfielder or on either flanks.

His physique is a massive enhancer and as such, Chadli will be a force to reckon with not only in the West Brom team, but also the Premier League at large.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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