The Times have reported that Mauricio Pochettino wants to sell Nacer Chadli this summer.
They claim that Pochettino finally lost faith in Chadli after the 1-0 away loss to West Ham at Upton Park, with the Spurs boss blaming the Belgian for the deciding goal.
Chadli was meant to be marking Michail Antonio, but failed to keep close enough to him to prevent the Hammers’ winger from heading home the winner.
Of Chadli’s 29 Premier League appearances last season, only ten were starts. The disappointing result against West Ham was the final game in which Chadli was named in the starting XI.
The lack of playing time was cited by the Belgium coach Marc Wilmots as the reason why Chadli had been omitted from his Euro 2016 squad, which must have been a bitter blow for the player after a tough season at club level.
It may well convince Chadli that now is indeed the time to move on. He was one of the most improved players in Pochettino’s first season, scoring 11 Premier League goals from out wide, but could not nail down a place following the arrival of Dele Alli and the transformation in form of both Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela.
If Chadli does leave, his goalscoring exploits – he still managed a respectable seven last season in all competitions – should ensure that there is plenty of interest in his services.
Ironically, West Ham are one of the clubs to have been linked with a move for Chadli and Spurs are likely to make a decent profit on the £7m they paid for him.