Tottenham Hotspur’s pending purchase of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has facilitated the sale of reserve wide man Nacer Chadli, with Swansea City alleged to be interested.
The Swans are rumoured to be pondering offers ranging from the borderline-bargain £10m to the touch-too-expensive £15m for a player whose maginalisation at White Hart Lane is likely to increase in the coming weeks.
After a modest first season in north London, where he scored just one goal in 24 Premier League outings, Chadli’s 2014/15 yielded an excellent 11 strikes and a further five assists, but despite his stellar campaign, the Belgian tumbled back down the pecking order last term.
Mauricio Pochettino slashed his game time in the league from 2,417 to just 938, prompting his goal tally to fall to just three.
This unceremonious removal from the first-team fray undermines the idea that Chadli is an elite level asset and, at 26, it’s unlikely he’ll get much better.
While this undoubtedly casts some doubt on the notion that he warrants an eight-figure transfer fee, that sophomore season highlights how valuable he’d prove to a team like Swansea, where unhindered access to the XI would ensure he flourished.
The example of Chadli’s former Spurs teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson can testify to this, having featured sporadically over a two-year stay at the Lane.
In his final league campaign he was picked to start just 14 times, coming off the bench a further 11, completing a mere five matches in total.
This distinct lack of faith inevitably proved a detriment to the Icelander, who found the net five times that year, creating no goals.
Well aware of how effective Sigurdsson can be having had him on loan earlier in his career, Swansea made sure he was bolted into the deal that took Ben Davies to Spurs. In the two years that have followed he has scored 18 times, setting up an additional 13.
Chadli has shown he can do the business in the Premier League and could be even more devastating playing for a team who appreciate his talents.