West Brom's Nacer Chadli is looking sharp for Spurs

Nacer Chadli has rediscovered his sharpness just in time for a reunion at White Hart Lane, according to Albion assistant Dave Kemp.

SOCCER - Emirates FA Cup -  West Bromwich Albion v Derby County
Tom Ince of Derby County and Nacer Chadli of West Bromwich Albion

The record signing got his Baggies career off to a scintillating start following his £13million move from Tottenham, scoring four goals in his first five games.

But he missed two matches in November after having minor surgery on his knee to trim away some cartilage, and hasn’t looked the same since.

Chadli hasn’t scored or laid on any assists since the middle of October, and lost his place in the team to James McClean for last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Derby.

But the Belgian looked dangerous off the bench in that game, and Kemp says he’s back to his best in training.

“I’d agree he’s been a bit hit and miss since his knee surgery,” said Kemp. “It has taken him a while to get back to his level but I think there were signs on Saturday that he’s getting back to form.

“When he came on as sub we started to see the sharpness again, and if selected this Saturday I’m hoping he’s back to the level we saw before his injury.

"He’s trained better since the weekend, he looks sharp again. I’m sure he’ll have the bit between his teeth too.

"He set the bar high in those first few games and that’s his standard as far as we’re concerned. But he was out for three weeks, it takes a while to get over it.”

Chadli may have been the marquee signing of last summer, but he’s been overshadowed recently by the three other permanent additions.

“All three have been successes,” said Kemp. “Matt Phillips goes without saying, Allan Nyom has done tremendous. Hal Robson-Kanu has been invaluable to the team and the squad.”

Meanwhile, Albion target Morgan Schneiderlin is reported to be putting the final touches to a move from Manchester United to Everton after the clubs agreed a £22m fee.

Stoke have not yet made a formal bid for Saido Berahino, as reported elsewhere, although they remain interested in the striker.

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Comments for: "West Brom's Nacer Chadli is looking sharp for Spurs"

The Real Bully Hoo.

It seems there's been a lot more smoke than fire with our transfer dealings. I don't know how serious the management were about Schneiderlin but I think all of us fans knew in our heart of hearts that he had no interest in coming to us. At least now he's going to Everton we can move on.

I don't know where we stand with McCarthy, Delph, the French fella or the Croat lad although a work permit might be a problem with him so we probably can't afford the delay involved.

Maybe a bit controversial but apparently Big Sam is willing to let Benteke go. How about a cheeky £25 mill bid? Rondon had his best goalscoring run playing with The Hulk in Russia. I'd back TP to get the best out of him, because there's a lot more to Benteke's game than just being a big battering ram.

Apparently Everton are now interested in the arseling. We should be so lucky.

WBAShonky

Now Bully I was with you yesterday on issues but Benteke 25m really. Agree on schneiderlin, never going to happen. I think Schlupp is a cert and one other decent signing , two more would be a plus but being realistic

The Real Bully Hoo.

Do you really think he's that bad Shonk? because I think there's a very effective player there, he just needs the right manager to bring it out.

Can't answer you now Tillie as Gillian has asked me to help her wash the butter out of her dress and I've got to get the dirty crocks out of the sink..

AndyH

Hi both,

If the interest is still firm I hope we can get any deal done quickly as he's a fine player who would certainly be able to play anywhere across the left side of the pitch and up top......ticks many boxes.

Benteke.....for 25M....it'd be interesting as the way Phillips is playing coupled with Brunty and Jimmy showing some superb form we'd certainly be giving him the bullets to fire. Maybe we could do a swap deal including cash and footnote.....win win all round.

baggietillidie

Thanks for starting my day off with a big belly laugh - your climax line of last night was a real corker......and I for one was so very pleased, indeed thankful, that she went with the 'whole' finger - what a gal our Gillian is! Reckon we should send that story in to Men Only [as one of those reader's letters - they're all true you know] although we'd have to add a few extras, if you know what I mean.