With news of Nacer Chadli’s call-up to the final Belgian 23 man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia this summer, West Bromwich Albion fans have reacted as you’d have imagined.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man returned to full fitness last month and Roberto Martinez was quick to name him in the travelling squad for their group games against Panama and Tunisia, before they face England in their final Group G game on Thursday, June 28 as they hope to qualify through for the knock out round of the tournament.
Our 28-year-old £13million signing has made more waves off the pitch than he has on it this season though and that hasn’t been forgotten. He made his first appearance of 2017/18 in our League Cup tie against Accrington Stanley and then West Brom didn’t see him again until mid-October.
September and October did see him represent his country three times. Two games back for us and a goal against Leicester City saw him missing until December where he made one appearance in the defeat to Stoke City.
Skip forward to May and he made two more showings.
Stay there mate,no use in West Bromwich.
— malcolm jones (@jonesy68) June 4, 2018
— Neil Edmunds (@tronifer) June 4, 2018
Not like he’ll play for us when he comes back
— Ryan (@Ryan_wba1) June 4, 2018
Let’s hope they don’t let him conduct his own training sessions
— Dean Haynes (@DeanDjh1976) June 4, 2018
Amazing how he's fit to play for them (again). Its a miracle.
— steve wba (@stevewba10) June 4, 2018
Suffice to say, other comments I saw simply couldn’t be used.
In other World Cup news, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr have both been confirmed in Egypt’s squad for the competition and fans are more complimentary about their involvement, even if people are still cheekily asking who Gabr is given he hasn’t played a single game for us since he arrived on loan.
Egypt face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A.