Aston Villa have become the latest side to enter the race for FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli, after already having interest from Tottenham and Liverpool so say our friends at The Express.
The Belgian bears a lot of resemblances to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Twente winger is also a right footed left-winger, and at 6ft 2, Nacer Chadli is also unusually tall for a wide man. Chadli is also known for his goal scoring ability, and his prowess in cutting inside and taking on shots with his favoured right foot.
Chadli found the net 16 times for Twente last season. Ronaldo had a lot of success in the Premier League, and Chadli could emulate the Portugal Captain, to some extent, if he moved to England’s top flight.
Aston Villa’s move for the Belgian could also help in persuading Chadli’s compatriot, Christian Benteke, to stay at Villa Park. Benteke was Aston Villa’s key man last season, and without him, it is likely that the Birmingham club would have been relegated. Benteke managed to score 23 times in 39 games for Villa last season, and keeping him is crucial if Villa establish themselves as a top half team once again. If bringing in Chadli would help in keeping Christian Benteke with Villa, then Paul Lambert, and the Aston Villa fans would see the deal as a success before he even had the chance to kick a ball.
The ex-AGOVV man only has a year left on his contract with Twente, which would mean that the Dutch club may be willing to let him go on a cut price deal, to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months time. However, if a bidding war is started between his potential suitors, Aston Villa could easily end up being outbid by their rivals.
At only 23 years-old, Chadli has achieved a lot so far in his career, including representing the Belgian international side 14 times, playing on the opposite wing to Chelsea star Eden Hazard. I think that if he does move to the Premier League, he would be able to build further on his success, as he has the potential to become one of the best wide men in the league.
If Aston Villa can bring the Belgian in, and keep hold of their prized possession, Christian Benteke, then it would give them one of the most dangerous attacks in the league.