Nacer Chadli started his second successive game behind Roberto Soldado as a deep-lying forward.
The first time—Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 draw against Benfica—worked out well since Chadli scored twice.
He did not have the same influence in Spurs' 3-2 win over Southampton since he only attempted one shot and registered one key pass (a pass that leads to a shot).
In comparison, Christian Eriksen, who should be operating in Chadli's space on a permanent basis, scored twice, shot six times, registered an assist and made six key passes.
Sure, his statistics in combined Premier League/UEFA Europa League games on the left are excellent (six goals and three assists in nine games), but is he really playing on the left?
If you look at Eriksen's average positioning throughout the game against Southampton, per ESPN FC (tactical formation → average position), he is central.
Whenever you watch him, his most productive moments are central.
It's almost as if Spurs manager Tim Sherwood thinks he needs to provide a decoy in order for Eriksen to flourish. Harry Kane was the deep-lying forward in Spurs' 3-1 defeat to Benfica, and Chadli filled the same position in Spurs' 3-2 win over Southampton.
Coincidentally, Eriksen scored in both games.