Cartilage Free Captain is once again reviewing each of Spurs' first team players and evaluating their 2015-16 season. The series continues today with Belgian attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli.
What Went Right?
Not too much. There were three games this season where he made an important impact.
In our January match against Crystal Palace he was crucial in getting us the three points. After an own goal from Jan Vertonghen in the first half he helped us win 3-1. He assisted Harry Kane to tie the game up. After a Deli Alli goal late to put us up 2-1, Chadli secured the win the a goal in injury time. In a Europa league fixture he scored an away goal against Fiorentina on a penalty. That goal wouldn't come into play too much after our 3-0 victory at the Lane. His last game of note in the season was when he grabbed the tying goal against Swansea in late February.
What Went Wrong?
Pretty much everything else. After an ankle injury sidelined him in the beginning of the season he had trouble getting into the squad. Chadli didn't start one league game after his injury and was typically used as an 80+ minute sub. But instead of being a late impact sub, he usually came on and was absolutely invisible. Most notably Chadli was no help during our slide in the end of the year. In his combined 31 minutes against Southampton and Newcastle he provided no spark off the bench, mostly looking clueless out on the pitch. He hasn't developed into the starting level player we hoped he would be, and hasn't proven he can provide anything meaningful off the bench as well.
Chadli was supposed to be a major signing with our Bale money from a few years back. Since then, he hasn't developed into the kind of player we hoped he would be. After another disappointing season, Nacer, who is now 26 years old, does not fit into Tottenham's plans anymore. Whether Tottenham has the ability to unload Chadli for a decent price is a whole different issue. Hopefully Levy can find a desperate team to take Nacer off our hands.