Tottenham’s season has gone off the boil over recent months, with elimination from the Europa League and defeat in the Capital One Cup derailing the club’s ambitions of silverware.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have also started to falter in the Premier League, with a very slender chance that the North Londoners will qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The sheer number of games that the Spurs players have played in all competitions this season is seemingly taking its toll, with a number of first-team regulars not showing their best form in recent weeks.
However, the player that has most disappointed in 2015 has been Nacer Chadli, who has looked nothing like the attacker Spurs possessed in the first half of the season.
The Belgium international was one of the players to arrive at White Hart Lane following the sale of Gareth Bale, and initially took time to settle in North London in his debut campaign.
However, this season Chadli started with much more purpose, scoring goals and creating assists from the right-hand side of Spurs’ 4-2-3-1 system.
The inverted winger position finally started to be paying off for Tottenham, with Chadli being an important part of the side’s attack alongside Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
While Pochettino has continued to swap up his options in midfield, especially on the right, Chadli is virtually an automatic pick when he is fit and firing.
That said, in recent weeks the former Twente man has not been at his best and as such has been criticised in the press.
Since starring against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, Chadli has not played as significant a role in Tottenham’s attack, with only one other goal since the turn of the year – against Swansea last month.
Chadli has been guilty of giving the ball away and being wasteful when he finds himself in promising attacking positions, with both of these things evident in Tottenham’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Burnley on Sunday.
It must be acknowledged that the 25-year-old has had to deal with the death of his father earlier in the year and this must be accredited as a potential reason in Chadli losing momentum and focus.
Thinking about the future, Chadli has an important role to play in the continued development of the side and the potential for achieving ambitions in 2015-16.
Pochettino’s focus this summer in the transfer market will surely be sorting out the right-hand side of his midfield, while the Belgian is still the first choice on the left.
Chadli has proven himself to the Spurs support in the first half of the campaign, but needs more consistency to be viewed in the same light as Eriksen or Kane.
There is no doubting that the Belgian has ability, but delivering for prolonged periods of the season will be necessary if Spurs are to continue their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.