Well, that escalated quickly. Late last night we first heard of rumors that West Bromwich Albion were interested in bringing Nacer Chadli to the Hawthornes. Jake wrote it up, but at the time it was couched as a loan.
Not so much. Today several papers including the Guardian and the Telegraph are reporting that Spurs and Brom have come to an agreement for his permanent transfer. The fee is reportedly for £13m, a West Brom club record.
The writing’s been on the wall for Chadli for a while now. After a great 2014-15 season where he popped up out of nowhere and became Spurs’ late goal specialist, he fell off considerably last season under Pochettino and his match time got less and less. This year he has yet to take the pitch for Spurs in league play, nor has he even made the bench in Spurs’ first three matches.
This follows a disappointing summer where he was left out of Belgium’s EURO squad thanks to a lack of club play. It’s not surprising at all that Chadli might want to go; in order to get his career back on track he needs matches and minutes, and it doesn’t look like he’ll get them at Spurs. Chadli was linked for a while with a move to Swansea, but the deal fell apart.
But is West Brom really the club to give him that? I have my doubts, especially with a manager like Tony Pulis who loaned Alex Pritchard for half a season and barely played him. We know that Chadli isn’t especially adept at tracking back defensively. I really wonder how well he’ll fit in.
Still, £13m is pretty good money for a player whom Spurs bought for £7m three seasons ago. Chadli’s departure would mean only Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela remain of the infamous “Bale Seven.” He’s the latest to leave the club, with Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin also having left the club last week, and Ryan Mason linked with a move to Sunderland or Hull City.
Chadli is expected to have a medical at the Baggies’ training facilities on Monday, with the deal expected to be completed soon after that.
So long, Nacer, and thanks for all the fish!