Nacer Chadli is believed to be one successful medical away from becoming West Bromwich Albion’s record signing, after the Baggies brokered a £13m deal with Tottenham Hotspur for his services.
West Brom’s desperation to make such a transfer was outlined in their goalless draw with Middlesbrough last time out, where the dearth of creativity left Boro’s backline with few questions to answer.
Chadli won’t just augment the Baggies’ chance-creating potential, his arrival will also provide a much-needed source of goals too and while the deal is definitely beneficial to the buyers, Spurs fans must be feeling a bit short changed by the sale.
In a transfer window that has refocused everyone’s perspective of how much a player is worth in the modern market, £13m for a 27-year-old Belgium international with three years of Premier League experience has to be considered below the going rate.
Chadli may have fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but he proved how handy an asset he can be in 2014/15 when scoring 11 top-tier goals and creating a further five.
He was picked to start just ten league games last time around and struck three times, assisting two more.
Clearly, Chadli is a reliable source of goals and assists and for a rival as chronically lacking in these departments as West Brom are, this is surely sufficient grounds to drive up his asking price, especially when it’s juxtaposed next to other sales this summer.
Jordon Ibe might well develop into a fine Premier League winger, but Liverpool doubt it, or else they wouldn’t have sold him to Bournemouth. He’d made one top-tier goal and set up three before this season, yet was able to command a £15m transfer fee.
The Cherries were able to stump up the bulk of this by selling Matt Ritchie to Championship promotion favourites Newcastle United for just £1m less than what Chadli will cost.
Ritchie scored a commendable four and set up six in his only Premier League campaign to date, but considering his best option this summer meant stepping back into the second tier, it’s safe to assume he isn’t as good as the soon-to-be-sold Spurs star either.
Without factoring in Yannick Bolasie, Andre Ayew and plenty more, when placed in this context, West Brom have undoubtedly done very well to get Chadli for the reported price.
His arrival may be the difference between West Brom staying up or going down, which can currently be backed at 333/100 with bwin.