Spurs coach labels star’s defensive play ‘catastrophic’

Vlad Chiriches

Vlad Chiriches continues to prove himself open to errors, after conceding a late penalty in Tottenham's Europa League game with Besiktas.

Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches looked like an accident waiting to happen against Besiktas on Thursday night, though for much of the game had Hugo Lloris to thanks for keeping the visitors at bay.

But it is bad news for the centre back that those within the game are now able to predict a mistake from the Spurs man, and Bradley Allen was just one of those who thought Chiriches "had a mistake in him all night."

The fact Allen is a current youth coach at Spurs, not to mention a member of a footballing family very much associated to the club, will make the criticism that much more cutting, though it is hard to deny the former QPR man has a valid point.

Romanian star Chiriches has often failed to display a calm and controlled presence during his Spurs appearances, and given his ability on the ball, often attempts to overplay in pressurised situations, something that unsurprisingly encourages forwards to work hard to close the former Steaua Bucharest defender down.

It is a high-risk strategy for any defender, and low-risk for the striker that may be beaten by a fancy step over or two so far away from his own goal.

One early mistake by Tottenham's number 6 gifted a chance to Besiktas, leading Allen to prophesy that the Romania international could cost his club.

"How many chances does Vlad Chiriches gift to his opponents?" Allen asked on Radio 5 Live. "Two or three times a game he does it, and that was absolutely catastrophic. Spurs should be behind."

And when Chiriches got in a muddle on the edge of his area with just a few minutes left, many inside White Hart Lane would have been hoping that he wasn't about to make another error, only for the 24-year-old to handball and gift Demba Ba the chance to score from the spot.

"Definitely a penalty," Allen said after the incident. "Vlad Chiriches is lucky that's not more than a yellow card. Dreadful defending. He's always got a mistake in him, a work in progress or not. And what a time to do that.

"Spurs somehow got themselves in front with a well taken goal from Kane and they had one or two chances in the second half to put it out of reach, but they didn't and it gave Besiktas hope.

"It was a poor mistake for Vlad Chiriches, he had a mistake in him all night and in the end it was just what Besiktas deserved."

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch