New Tottenham signing reflects on his debut after Sunderland draw

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Midfielder Benjamin Stambouli made his Tottenham debut in a 20 minute cameo against Sunderland on Saturday, and reflected on his first appearance.

A year on from their huge spending spree under Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs had a much more reserved transfer window this time around. New manager Mauricio Pochettino brought in the likes of Michel Vorm, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli as Spurs cut back the spending a little.

Frenchman Stambouli had been linked with a move to Swansea over the summer, but after Spurs saw a deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin fall apart, the Montpellier man became their top target and he duly signed for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m after impressing in Ligue 1.

With strong competition for places in midfield, Stambouli watched on from the bench as Moussa Dembele and compatriot Etienne Capoue started the game against Sunderland last weekend, but he did make his debut as a 70th minute substitute for Nacer Chadli as Pochettino looked to close out the game - which they couldn't do as Harry Kane's own goal 12 minutes later handed Sunderland a 2-2 draw.

Stambouli impressed in his short cameo, and reflected on his debut today.

"It was a powerful game with a good rhythm and not the easiest for my first appearance," he said. “We are all disappointed but Sunderland showed real spirit to come back. I think we should have won this game but hopefully next time, we will do it. 

"I feel good, I feel positive and I will now work hard again to be ready to play."

The impressive performance of Dembele will probably prevent Stambouli from making his full debut against West Brom this weekend, but if the Frenchman continues to flash his ability in limited appearances, Pochettino may decide it's time to play him from the start.

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