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Radja Nainggolan’s unique display against Spurs shows the changing face of the number 10 role

The Belgian hasn't played like your traditional No10

It’s a mystery why Roma let him go.

Radja Nainggolan was snapped up by Inter Milan in what was one of the summer’s most underrated deals.

The Belgian is a player who has flirted with numerous Premier League clubs in the past, but decided to stay in Serie A.


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He was omitted from Belgium’s World Cup squad… for some reason

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He was omitted from Belgium’s World Cup squad… for some reason

In the first-half of Spurs’ Champions League clash with Milan, Nainggolan totally nullified the threat posed by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

The 30-year-old was deployed in a No10 role for Milan, however was more interested in stopping Spurs from playing.

Eric Dier in particular had a torrid time up against the Belgian, with Nainggolan intent on curbing the away side’s attacks from the source.

Dier will be having nightmares tonight

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Dier will be having nightmares tonight

Nainggolan’s base position should have seen him working as Milan’s main-creative spark.

However, his defending from the front approach was a standout trait of what was an impressive first-half from the Belgian.

Before the game, Owen Hargreaves pinpointed him as a player who Spurs must keep a close eye on.

With many thinking that the traditional role of the No10 is a dying-art in football, Nainggolan is seemingly giving us a glimpse of the future.

The Belgian’s pressing, not only from the front, but all over the pitch, stopped Spurs from starting any meaningful attacks.

Until Christian Eriksen opened the scoring, Nainggolan had prevented Pochettino’s men from playing out from the back.

Could the Belgian become a trailblazer for the new incarnation of the No10 position?

His battle with Mousa Dembele has been an epic encounter

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His battle with Mousa Dembele has been an epic encounter

RIP the traditional No10.


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