Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Chiriches performance v West Brom

Tottenham fans did not seem impressed with the Romanian yesterday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur played their first game under the permanent management of Tim Sherwood Boxing Day- and it was a performance that certainly proved one thing - for his natural coaching ability and popularity, he still has much to learn about managing a Premier League football team.

They struggled to get a foothold on the game throughout - with West Brom pushing them all the way in a game that eventually ended in a fair 1-1 draw after goals from Christian Eriksen and Jonas Olsson.

Tottenham looked shaky at the back throughout the game and also struggled to gain control of the game in the middle of the park - with the similarities between Christian Eriksen and Lewis Holtby seeing the pair seemingly cancel each other out.

But perusing Twitter after the game it appeared one Spurs player in particular had a game to forget as far as the fans were concerned.

Spurs swatted off much competition to bring in Romanian international Vlad Chiriches this summer - as one of the most highly rated ball-playing centre backs in the world his acquisition was considered a coup.

So far at Spurs he has demonstrated the two sides of his footballing ability. Undoubtedly he is a calm, composed and competent defender for the modern game. Happy to dribble out of defence or play the ball out from tricky positions he is the central defender type every top team is now looking to have at their disposal.

But his style of play also brings side effects. Every now and again this relaxed approach sees him have a bit of a mare - even at Steaua Bucharest he occasionally struggled when taking his confidence over the threshold into reckless endangerment.

The stats certainly show what we mean. His 90% passing accuracy would make a midfielder proud - as he often found his man when passing out from the back. The fact he had 71 touches, compared to the 17 of Diego Lugano and 36 of Jonas Olsson shows his willingness to get on the ball.

But Olsson won 100% of his aerial duels in the game, while his team-mate Michael Dawson won 86% - Chiriches won just 67%.

He certainly brings another dimension to the sides defence that, when they are comfortable and on top sees him look like a class act.

But when things get a little tough for him - the jury is still out on whether he can cope.

Here is some reaction on Twitter to Chiriches’ West Brom performance…














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