Tottenham's summer signing Etienne Capoue featured in the win against FC Sheriff.
Tottenham's summer signing Etienne Capoue is yet to really get going at the club after suffering an early season injury in the Premier League defeat to Arsenal.
That was back on September 1, with his ankle injury initially looking even worse than it turned out to be.
The Frenchman made his long anticipated comeback last night in the Europa League against FC Sheriff, giving fans a much-wanted fresh chance to take a look at the new addition.
Capoue is a defensive midfielder highly regarded in his homeland, with Spurs pipping rivals Arsenal to his signature.
He certainly adds further selection problems for manager Andre Villas-Boas given the talent available in midfield, but if managed well it can only be a positive.
Capoue played 58 minutes in total, with the match as much about bringing himself up to match fitness as anything else, with Spurs winning 2-1 via goals from Erik Lamela and Jermain Defoe.
There were encouraging signs, with Capoue not afraid to get on the ball; in just 58 minutes he had 76 touches - more than any FC Sheriff player made over the 90.
He even had a shot on goal, which was off target, and even more impressively created two goalscoring opportunities, equal to Christian Eriksen.
His passing was a real positive, completing 85 per cent, unafraid to spread it around either, completing 10 of 12 long balls.
The only down on the display was his failure to make a successful tackle, but that itself is quantified by the lack of threat from FC Sheriff early on; he almost didn't need to.
With crucial Premier League games against Newcastle United and Manchester City upcoming, he will have plenty of opportunities to get stuck in, and his return could not have come at a more ideal time for Andre Villas-Boas.
Did fans see enough to be encouraged about? We took to Twitter to check the reaction...
10 games out and Capoue still oozes class!!!!! #thfc— Darren Atkinson (@darren_atkinson) November 7, 2013
COYS (@whiteshirtjonny) November 7, 2013
Good to see Capoue get a run out as well, such strength in depth #COYS— Spursfantalk (@spurs_fantalk) November 8, 2013
Lamela,Capoue and Demble have been excellent tonight for us! #coys— Sam Wilson (@SWilson94) November 7, 2013
Good to see Capoue get some time in. Maybe he can play for us more and we can have that more physical presence we need in midfield #COYS— Matt Rohlf (@rohlfyboy) November 7, 2013
Dominant first half Lamela by far the best player but the team looks so much more secure with Capoue infront of the centre backs #COYS— BabyFaceKay. (@KvyKing) November 7, 2013
How much of a part do you feel Capoue can play over the next two fixtures?
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