Frenchman Younes Kaboul made his first league appearance for Tottenham since November last night, and it was an occasion for him to smile about.
The last time he played a Premier League game for the club came in the 6-0 mauling at Manchester City, which set about a chain of events which led to Andre Villas-Boas' sacking.
This time he rejoined a happier Spurs side, flying under the tutelage of Head Coach Tim Sherwood, as they tore Newcastle apart, recording a 4-0 away victory.
Kaboul played all 90 minutes in the win, with Sherwood describing his performance as 'fantastic'.
A rock in central defence, Kaboul made 11 clearances, the same number as the rest of the Spurs backline combined.
His three tackles and three interceptions were also more individually than any Tottenham defender, illustrating he was not a passenger in an easy win, but a key part of it.
Kaboul completed 34 passes, at a rate of 74 per cent accuracy, which was higher on each count than central defensive partner Jan Vertonghen.
The Frenchman currently has a contract which is set to expire in the summer, and has had terrible luck with injuries over the past two seasons, yet at 28, he showed last night if he can stay fit and get a run in the Tottenham team, he will not only be worthy of a new deal - but can play a key role in the club's future.
Here's how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to his display last night:
I like kaboul but the fella is made of glass, can't see him being a #thfc player next season— Kevin Deamer (@kdeamer82) February 12, 2014
Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are made for each other. Crucial we keep both fit. Utter class. #THFC— Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) February 12, 2014
I want Kaboul & Vertonghen starting every league match. #coys— Dave McAuley (@davemcauley) February 12, 2014
Kaboul tonight was like King used to be. Thrown back in after injury and still in a class of his own. Hope the injuries are behind him #coys— Tom Prickett (@spursfantommo84) February 12, 2014
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