He has had to wait six weeks, but was it worth the wait?
With only cup appearances to his name in a Tottenham shirt so far, Romanian central defender Vlad Chiriches made his Premier League bow at Villa Park.
The opportunity came his way with Danny Rose injured and Jan Vertonghen shifted to left-back.
He played his part in Spurs keeping a clean sheet and registering a 2-0 win, ensuring Andre Villas-Boas' rotation did not backfire.
Chiriches played 90 minutes, touching the ball 76 times, more than fellow centre-back Michael Dawson (68).
He also made more passes than Dawson, 66 to 50, with a 85 per cent completion accuracy (Dawson 86 per cent).
The Romanian also showed he had a penchant for long balls, striking it forward 18 times, finding a teammate on 15 of these occasions.
He also made one tackle, the same as Dawson, with Kyle Walker the highest Spurs defender in this department with three.
In other areas he fell short of his teammate Dawson, Chiriches made one interception to the Englishman's three, and made four clearances compared to Dawson's 11.
How did Spurs fans react to his performance?
Overshadowed by Townsend and Soldado, but I though Vlad Chiriches had a brilliant game on his Premier League debut! Clean Sheet! #THFC— Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) October 20, 2013
Who the hell voted for Chiriches as the MOTM?! I though he was alright at best. Soldado, Townsend and Sandro were my favorites for it #COYS— Daniel Tanner (@KiwiSpur11) October 21, 2013
Chiriches was superb. Very impressed. Wasnt at all sure about him as a player. Not one foot wrong on league debut. #coys— danny walker (@dannjw) October 20, 2013
What did you think of Chiriches' display? Is he an astute piece of transfer business?
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