Tottenham's Ezekiel Fryers was handed a rare first team chance in the League Cup.
Tottenham Hotspur showed off their spectacular strength in depth with a dominant 4-0 win away at Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Jermain Defoe struck twice along with goals from Paulinho and Nacer Chadli - but perhaps the biggest takeaway was yet another clean sheet.
This season in all competitions Spurs have conceded just one goal - in nine games, a quite remarkable statistic which we outlined yesterday could provide a real basis for a title challenge.
Against Villa, Spurs switched their backline around - bringing in goalkeeper Brad Friedel, also handing a debut to Romanian defender Vlad Chichires. Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen both featured, but perhaps most intriguing was Ezekiel Fryers at left-back.
Fryers featured in the position in the 3-0 home win against Dinamo Tblisi, but this was arguably a bigger test for him despite Villa's injury-hit frontline - and was his first senior start for the club in domestic competition.
Fryers had previously played in the competition for Manchester United, in wins over Leeds, Aldershot, and a defeat to Crystal Palace.
Tottenham signed him from Standard Liege in January, but he has had to bide his time in the under-21s until now.
Spurs could do with him coming good too, especially with Danny Rose nursing a knock sustained against Tromso in last week's Europa League game and Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on loan.
Kyle Naughton is still most likely to step in as cover if required, with Jan Vertonghen also able to do so, but Fryers will certainly hope to have given manager Andre Villas-Boas food for thought.
Here is how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to his display, and it's fair to say opinions were split:
A good match for Zeki Fryers. Good pace, good interceptions. #thfc— Morten (@Morteno) September 24, 2013
May be a bit controversial but I prefer Fryers LB than Naughton #thfc— Tom Thorp (@Tom_Thorp) September 24, 2013
I've seen Fryers play a couple of time now and he hasn't impressed me. Am I missing something? #THFC— Craig Onyon (@JRHartley1) September 24, 2013
Fryers not bad as left full-back today. Better defensive positioning than Rose, but less forward initiative. Good enough for me. #spurs— Kjetil Ermesjø (@KjetilErmesjo) September 24, 2013
If you wondered why Spurs sold Caulker heres why...Zeki Fryers #future— Umar Ahmed (@Umar88a) September 24, 2013
Another clean sheet. 9games 1goal. Best game holtby's played for spurs. Zeki fryers was terrible. Gave the ball away every time.— Andrew Kwong (@AEK_THFC) September 24, 2013
Fryers has made it tough for Albrighton tonight— Tottenham 24/7 (@Tottenham24_7) September 24, 2013
Is Fryers a viable option at left-back in the Premier League?
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