PHOTO: Federico Fazio in action on Spurs debut

The Tottenham defender made his long-awaited debut for the North Londoners, keeping a clean sheet in their game against Partizan Belgrade.

Federico Fazio's Tottenham debut was far from a riveting affair, but it did show some of the centre back's qualities as Mauricio Pochettino's men secured a 0-0 draw away to Partizan Belgrade.

After working on his fitness since his arrival from Sevilla on August 26th, the defender was on the bench for the first time during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

With Spurs set to embark on their usual midweek European game, followed by weekend Premier League fixture journey it seemed likely that the 27-year-old would be in line to make his debut in the long trip to Serbia to take on Partizan Belgrade in their Europa League opener.

And so it proved as Fazio started alongside Jan Vertonghen in the centre of defence, possibly a precursor of what will be the club's first choice defensive partnership in the future.

The Argentina international put in a strong showing for the visitors, regularly blocking Partizan shots and passes forward, and managing to mop up in a couple of dangerous situations.

With Tottenham set to host strugglers West Brom on Sunday, it remains to be seen whether Pochettino will give Fazio his Premier League debut or rotate his squad with the players rested for the game in Eastern Europe.

Either way, it looks like the £8 million Spurs spent on the defender could well be a sound investment.

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