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Tottenham Transfer News: Scouting Newest Spurs Transfer Nacer Chadli

SO KON PO, HONG KONG - JULY 23: Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during a Tottenham Hotspur Barclays Asia Trophy training session at Hong Kong Stadium on July 23, 2013 in So Kon Po, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images for FA Premier League)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2013

Tottenham's latest move in the summer transfer window was finalized Friday, as the club confirmed the signing of Nacer Chadli on its official website.

So what have Spurs found in this acquisition?

Chadli comes to White Hart Lane as a budding winger who, at 23 years of age, is just approaching the prime of his career.

With pace and a lethal cannon of a shot, the Belgian has begun showing the potential to be a standout talent on the European stage.

At his last club, the Dutch Eredivisie's FC Twente, Chadl increased his goal rate through his three seasons (a goal in 23 percent of league matches in 2010-11, 50 percent in in 2011-12 and 86 percent this past season).

Tottenham supporters shouldn't need to be sold on the winger's goal-scoring prowess, though, as the North London club fell victim to Chadli strikes in both matches they played against Twente in the 2010-11 Champions League group stage.

This nose for the goal is a welcome sight at White Hart Lane, where the current striker situation (at this point in the transfer window, at least) means that they might be looking for goals from positions other than center striker.

Chadli's abilities have also allowed him to be recognized on the international level.

As a dual citizen of Belgium and Morocco, the youngster had an opportunity to make a mark with a Moroccan team that would have greatly benefited from his talents on the wing.

However, after just one cap with Morocco in a friendly match, Chadli switched allegiances to an even more competitive side in Belgium.

Since then, Chadli has carved out a spot for himself, despite the incredibly competitive nature surrounding the current young and talented crop of players at Belgium's national team.

With this addition to their side, Tottenham has brought their tally of such young Belgian talent to three after they acquired defender Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele last summer.

What's most important to Spurs, though, is the option that Chadli brings to the squad in terms of wing play.

While Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey and even Lewis Holtby filled in admirably at times last season, the side clearly lost width whenever Gareth Bale or Aaron Lennon were missing from the lineup.

Now, with Andros Townsend returning from a loan spell and yet another option added, Tottenham will be able to stay true to their quick style even through a few injuries, something that will be made even more important with the club's impending shift to a 4-3-3 formation.

For Spurs supporters, though, Chadli should not be seen as a player entering to merely add depth.

With the contributions Nacer Chadli is capable of, the hope is that the Belgian will force himself into the starting lineup sooner rather than later.

 

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