Nacer Chadli’s double strike against Benfica in the Europa League seems to have guaranteed a place in Tim Sherwood’s thoughts for the remainder of this campaign but it was still a little surprising to learn that the Belgian international has actually featured in 23 of our last 27 matches.
Chadli almost joined Swansea on loan in the last transfer window and while there may be rumours of either a temporary or a permanent move in the summer, the 24 year old suddenly seems more likely to stay on – even if there is a change of manager.
“I feel better and better every week,” he told the club’s official website. “I felt good against Arsenal, now I’ve played 90 minutes against Benfica and Southampton, my fitness is getting better and I have to keep working hard but I know I can still show more.
“I have to keep going and my strength will come with more minutes. My form will also come.”
Nacer also claimed that the squad hadn’t given up hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
“We have to keep going and keep working hard because there are lots of points still to play for,” he concluded.
That top four finish may seem implausible but how important will Nacer Chadli prove to be in the run in to what has been a long and difficult season?