Belgian international Nacer Chadli opened his Premier League account for Spurs with a stunning curling effort against Newcastle. The late strike completed a 4-0 win and was a boost for a man who could easily have been playing at Swansea for the remainder of the season.
When explaining why he turned down the loan opportunity Chadli said,
“I had to make a decision and my decision was to stay. Everything was not clear so I wanted to stay at Tottenham and play for my club. I have signed for five years and I’m happy. When I came to Spurs, I knew I wasn’t going to play in every game as we have 60 matches in a season. I came and got injured, played, got injured again and so I haven’t played as much as I have wanted, but we have a big squad with a lot of good players and we have to compete with each other. I have to work hard in training and show it when I play.”
One goal doesn’t turn things around but with Erik Lamela continuing to struggle with form and injury, Chadli could feature more from the bench and the Belgian seems likely to start the game with Dnipro on Thursday night. Can he impress enough to have a big future at Spurs?