Sandro featured in a decent performance which saw Tottenham defeat Dnipro to advance in the Europa League.
The beast has been missing with a troublesome hamstring problem, which has left head coach with Tim Sherwood with no other option than to nurse him back to full health before using him in competitive action.
He managed to complete 76 minutes of the game last night before he was subbed off for another Sherwood midfield favourite; Nabil Bentaleb.
The performance and the game time will do Sandro’s confidence and fitness a lot of good because it’s important his match fitness improves rapidly over a very important final chunk of the season for the North London club.
What Sandro injects into the side which they don’t have is a real presence and a little bit of fight in midfield, which is important for any side looking to get into the top four before the end of the campaign.
Tottenham are blessed with several talented midfielders across the middle of their side but they have lacked a degree of passion and intensity in Sandro’s absence which he guarantees.
The challenge now for the player will be to show consistency of the impressive display that he showed against Dnipro in the higher intensity and higher tempo of Premier League play.
Tottenham’s next game is against Cardiff City this Sunday, which means Sandro has very little time to recover between now and kick-off time on Sunday afternoon. However, he should at the very least make the bench and he’s a good player to have coming on late in a game to inject some passion and energy into the team.
Here’s what Spurs fans made of his performance last night via social media site Twitter.
Lloris, Vertonghen and Sandro are world class players. Adebayor when he wants to be. Eriksen and Lamela will be.— Come On You Spurs (@talk_spurs) February 27, 2014
An excellent 75-minute return from Sandro. If he could stay fit he'd be one of the best DMs in world football. #Spurs— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) February 27, 2014
Sandro is so important for Spurs— Loudmouth Melvin (@loudmouthmelvin) February 27, 2014
You gotta be some dumb guy to start on any spurs player when man like Sandro is about— Hillsy (@ItsJoshHills) February 27, 2014
Sandro is the best Brazilian CDM that is on the pitch that plays for Tottenham in the world right now— Louis (@StaanzaaHD) February 27, 2014
Weren't a bad performance tonight, Adebayor, Eriksen and Sandro just look like men amongst boys— Ben Bowman (@BenBowmania_) February 27, 2014
Solid performance from Sandro & he is quite possibly the only person who can pull off that beard!— Emma Ward (@em_ward3) February 27, 2014
Great return performance for Sandro— Zach Smith (@steezeesmith) February 27, 2014
So in summary we just need Sandro to lightly headbutt Jan in the side of the head before KO to get a decent performance out the lads— Sibs (@SibsTHFC) February 27, 2014
The highlight of this performance has been Sandro's beard #THFC— Mark Di Gregorio (@mark_gregorio) February 27, 2014
@spurspanyol Fryers looked strong and assured. Sandro too. His return may be timely with big matches coming up.— GavinWA (@GAV_GWA) February 27, 2014
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