By Amir Mir
Toby Alderweireld has admitted he is not looking forward to coming up against Nacer Chadli on Saturday afternoon, when Tottenham take on West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Midfielder Chadli left White Hart Lane in the summer and was purchased for a fee of £13 million from the Albion hierarchy.
The 27-year-old has had a positive start to life at the Hawthorns, scoring four goals and providing two assists in four Premier League outings.
His former Spurs teammate Alderweireld has given his thoughts on his fellow Belgian counterpart’s departure in the summer and the impact he has had on Tony Pulis’ side.
“He is going to be a very tough opponent when we come up against him on Saturday,” Alderweireld told the Daily Star, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “Am I looking forward to the reunion? Not really! I respect him, but it will be a great battle for us. You have seen at West Brom how well he is doing already.
“That was no surprise to me. He has made a quick impact there, has scored goals and impressed people after going there for a large fee.
“I think Nacer was a bit unlucky at Tottenham,” he said. “He has a lot of quality as a player and works very hard as well, a true professional.
“It is difficult when there are so many good players in a squad as there are at Tottenham, every player’s situation is different.
Chadli made 119 appearances for the north London club, netting on 25 occasions, while being the supplier for 16 goals.
His West Brom side are sitting comfortably in the top ten, with nine points to their name from their opening seven fixtures.
By contrast, his former club are the only unbeaten side in the league, as they are second with 17 points, just one point behind leaders Manchester City going into this weekend fixtures.
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