Premier League: Nacer Chadli Finally Showing His Potential For Tottenham Hotspur
It’s been a frustrating time for the 25-year-old Belgian international since his move to White Hart Lane last year. Since Andres Villas-Boas signed Nacer Chadli from FC Twente, it has taken him a long time to settle in England. Chadli didn’t have the best of seasons for Tottenham Hotspur last time around and hadn’t realized his potential. But Liege-born Chadli has started the season like a house on fire and looks like a new player under new coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs have won both their league games this season, but both wins were very different in style. The first three points were away at West Ham United in what was a tight affair that Tottenham edged with a last minute debut goal from Eric Dier. The second win on Sunday produced a stunning display of attacking soccer, albeit against newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. Nonetheless, it was an inspired performance which saw Tottenham win the game comfortably 4-0.
Chadli, who wasn’t in Pochettino’s eleven in Spurs’ first game, subsequently started the second game of the season and scored twice. He produced a man-of-the-match performance against Rovers’ and looked like the player Villas-Boas thought he signed over a year ago. Dier, the goal-scoring debutant from the week before, scored Tottenham’s second goal and the resurgent Emmanuel Adebayor added the fourth. The win over QPR completed a hat-trick of wins in a week for the new boss, after their 2-1 triumph in Europe, away at AEL Limassol on Thursday.
After Tottenham’s two wins, they find themselves join top of the Barclays Premier League. It’s been a perfect start for Pochettino and he will be looking for his side to continue that when they entertain Liverpool on Sunday.