It’s over. Just hours after completing a medical in the Midlands, Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli has completed his transfer to West Bromwich Albion. The move was announced on both Spurs’ and WBA’s social media accounts.
We have reached agreement with West Bromwich Albion for the transfer of Nacer Chadli. pic.twitter.com/WR38DN1raR— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2016
This has looked likely for a while now. The news broke that the clubs had reached an agreement for Chadli that involved a £13m transfer fee, nearly twice what Spurs paid for him when they signed Chadli from FC Twente in 2013. Spurs didn’t confirm the transfer fee, or the length of his new contract with the Baggies.
Chadli has been marginalized for a while now after fading catastrophically at the tail end of last season. Once known as a player who could pop up and give a spark (and a nice goal) at any point, he soon found himself out of favor with Mauricio Pochettino and was dropped from Belgium’s EURO 2016 squad as well.
While I have my doubts that Tony Pulis knows what to do with a player like Chadli, there’s no question that a club like West Brom will be a better place for him to resurrect his career than sitting on the bench at Spurs.
Chadli is the fourth first team player to leave Spurs after Alex Pritchard, DeAndre Yedlin, and Nabil Bentaleb. Ryan Mason is also linked with a transfer out of the club, with Hull City and Sunderland apparently vying to sign him.
Good luck, Nacer! We’ll always have that goal at the Emirates.