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The foe you know - West Brom's Livermore and Chadli

Posted on 24 November 2017  - 12:33

Former Spurs stars Jake Livermore and Nacer Chadli are in the spotlight this week as we continue our feature entitled ‘The foe you know’, where we look at our ex-players who now wear the colours of our next opponents.

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Central midfielder Jake Livermore was born locally in Enfield and came up through our Academy system. Adept at breaking up opponents' play and driving forward to support our own attacking efforts, Jake made his senior debut for us as a late substitute in a 2-1 victory at Stoke in March, 2010, having spent time on loan at MK Dons, Crewe Alexandra, Derby County and Peterborough United.

Further loan spells at Ipswich Town and Leeds United followed, before laying down a marker at the Lane and becoming a regular face in our side under Harry Redknapp in 2011-12. A player with a good engine, he scored his first senior goal for us in a 5-0 Europa League win at Hearts at the beginning of that campaign and anchored the midfield superbly in the absence of some of our more established players because of injury.

He was used more sparingly by Andre Villas-Boas in 2012-13 and moved to Hull City, initially on loan, in the summer of 2013. He left us having played 58 senior games. Jake won promotion from the Championship with the Tigers in 2016 but, in January, 2017, he made the switch to this weekend’s opponents, West Bromwich Albion.

Initially capped by England against Italy in August, 2012, he's found himself back in the international picture since linking up with Albion and won his sixth and seventh caps in this month's friendlies against Germany and Brazil, playing alongside captain Eric Dier in central midfield. He's currently on 28 appearances for the Baggies.

Nacer Chadli looks set to miss out on Saturday’s game through injury, but when fit he’s been a key figure in the Baggies’ side.

Nacer wasn't unfamiliar to us when he arrived in north London as one of seven new signings in the summer of 2013. The Belgian international had scored against us for FC Twente, both at home and away, when we met them in our maiden Champions League campaign in 2010-11.

In and out of the side in his first season here in 2013-14, he scored his first Premier League goal in a 4-0 win at Newcastle United in February, 2014, and memorably netted twice in quick succession to almost lead us to an unlikely comeback away to Benfica in the Europa League the following month.

A powerful runner down either flank, he occasionally filled in as a central striker under Mauricio Pochettino and his goalscoring was a real asset as his career at White Hart Lane went on. He scored some cracking goals on the road – again at Newcastle in April, 2015, and another decent strike at Crystal Palace in January, 2016, although he was upstaged by Dele Alli's Goal of the Season on that occasion – while his back-post volley in a losing effort at home to Stoke City in November, 2014, also sticks out in the memory.

Like Jake, Nacer proved to be a friendly character, useful player and undoubted loyal servant to the club. He left us for Albion, in August, 2016, having scored 25 goals in 119 games in our colours. He's currently on six goals in 35 appearances for the Baggies.

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