Former Tottenham target makes big impact for his new club – missed opportunity?

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Derby County new boy Cyrus Christie, signed from Coventry City, has had a big impact since joining the Rams - did Tottenham Hotspur miss out?

Tottenham Hotspur scouts may well be kicking themselves after seeing Derby County new boy Cyrus Christie exhibit two 'Man of the Match' performances in his first two competitive games at the club.

In the run-up to the January 2014 transfer window, the Coventry Telegraph reported the North London side’s interest in the young right-back and indicated that it wasn’t the first time David Pleat had watched him.

The report states: ‘’Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with young Coventry City full-back Cyrus Christie after the former Spurs manager David Pleat was spotted in the Sixfields crowd on Sunday.

‘’It wasn’t the first time Pleat, who was also the director of football at the North London club for a spell, has been seen at the Sky Blues this season and rumours are they are weighing up a January bid for the 20-year-old.’’

As it transpired, no bid from Tottenham was made for Christie and when his contract expired in the summe,  it was last season’s play-off finalist Derby County who won the talented right-back's signature. Due to his age, the Rams had to pay a small amount to Coventry, but the deal thought to be £300,000 still looked like a bargain.

The 21-year-old’s task at the iPro Stadium is definitely not an easy one as he has been put in line to fill the void left by departing England Under-21 captain Andre Wisdom. Nevertheless, going by his start with his new team, he looks to have filled the void left by the Liverpool defender and then some.

At the weekend, in his first competitive match for the Rams, he was the Derby fans' unanimous 'Man of the Match' winner and a similar performance on Monday left the club's supporters equally elated by the youngster's impact.

Described as an incredible athlete, there is no doubt over the fitness of the young defender, and his ability to get forward and support the wide attackers is incredibly impressive.

An example of just how impressive his athleticism is came against Rotherham on Saturday. He dispossessed Pringle deep in his own half before running the length of the pitch and playing a smart cross to Jeff Hendrick to slot home the winner, leading to the Rams taking all three points.

As a defender still developing, his early impact at the East Midlands club will have Spurs scouts wondering whether they have made the right call on the young defender, especially considering the price they could have brought him for.

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