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The blown chances will cost Nacer Chadli the opportunity to prove his critics wrong and become a valuable contributor for Tottenham Hotspur.
Chadli was out of his depth in midfield and looked lost, whereas Stoke City's Glenn Whelan and Steven N'Zonzi were calm in possession, spread the ball and played like midfielders.
Oh wait, they are full-time midfielders, whereas Chadli is being thrown into an absurd situation.
He has gone from being a left-attacking midfielder to a deep-lying forward and now to a central midfielder.
Understand, he is not an emergency, fill-in, last-resort, stop-plug midfielder.
Spurs manager Tim Sherwood wrongly believes Chadli, a makeshift central midfielder who is learning the position as he plays, will benefit the team more than Nabil Bentaleb and Sandro, both of whom warmed the bench against Stoke City.