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West Brom complete club-record £13m deal for Chadli – but is he worth it?

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West Bromwich Albion have today completed a club-record transfer for Nacer Chadli, with the Belgium international joining from Spurs for a reported fee of £13 million.

The 27-year-old was one of the seven players signed by Tottenham with the money raised from Gareth Bale’s then world-record transfer in 2013, with Chadli going on to make 119 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals.

He departs the north London club having fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Josh Onomah and Heung-Min Son all getting attention ahead of Chadli so far this term.

The switch to West Brom will allow the Belgian winger to reinvent himself in a team that will place higher importance on his abilities than he ever enjoyed at White Hart Lane.

Chadli is primarily a left-winger, although he can also operate on the opposite flank or as an out-and-out striker. He will likely replace James McClean in the Baggies’ starting lineup, with fellow summer signing Matt Phillips occupying a place on the right, behind striker Salomon Rondon.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has spoken of how Chadli will improve the squad and has labelled him as a “top, top player”.

“I’m delighted we’ve got him, Pulis said. “I said last week that these signings all had to be about players who would improve our squad – and Nacer does precisely that.”

But just how will the new man improve the Baggies?

Table: Chadli's 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

Table: Chadli’s 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

As the table above shows, Chadli is much more of a goal-threat than West Brom’s current left-sided options in James McClean and Chris Brunt.

The former FC Twente man scored more goals than Brunt and McClean combined last season, despite playing significantly fewer minutes than his new teammates.

Chadi also created more than twice as many chances than McClean per 90 minutes last season, and also fired more shots per game too.

The Irishman is more direct in the sense of getting his head down and taking on an opposing defender, but Chadli will add quality to the Baggies attack, with his crossing and eye for goal just two aspects that should help Pulis’ men going forward.

At 27, Chadli should be entering the prime of his career and Pulis will now be looking to get the best out of his new acquisition.

For Chadli, playing regular first-team football will help him rediscover his best form and should also increase his chances of getting back into the Belgium national team picture.

The transfer makes sense for both parties, although paying a club-record fee for any player increases pressure and Chadli will need to try and inject some pace into the team’s attack from the word ‘go’.

He will expect to make his debut in West Brom’s next game away at Bournemouth on September 10 following the international break.

Is Nacer Chadli a good signing for West Brom?

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1 Comment on West Brom complete club-record £13m deal for Chadli – but is he worth it?

  1. Gordon marsh // August 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM // Reply

    Well it’s a start, after watching the game on Saturday we’ll need to sign the other four quality players Pulis spoke of. I’ve been going close to 50 years, and can’t remember being so bored at a game. I took my grandson and two of his mates as the tickets were kids for a quid, don’t think they’ll be pestering to go again soon.

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