Romania coach Victor Piturca has said he doesn’t care about Vlad Chiriches’ performances for Tottenham Hotspur.
The defender has been strongly criticised at times this season, but Piturca says his only concern in relation to the 24-year-old is that he plays well for his country.
“Well, he has made some mistakes but it’s normal to make mistakes and we shouldn’t dramatise it. We should not put him against the wall,” he’s quoted by the Guardian.
“I don’t care what Chiriches did at Tottenham. What interests me is that he plays very well for the national team.”
Chiriches will be hoping that solid performances during the international break will improve his standing with first team boss at Spurs Mauricio Pochettino.
He’s so far been used as a back up player to the likes of Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, which has seen his first team opportunities restricted this season.
When he has been given a chance, West Brom and Besiktas two examples, he’s struggled so he needs to place pressure on Pochettino in other ways to ensure he gets further chances to impress.
The international break creates a different type of pressure for him and it could come as welcome relief.
There has also been a suggestion that he could be handed the captain’s armband for the game against Hungary, which could inspire him to produce a level, consistent and professional performance.
What Pochettino will be looking for from his players away on international duty is firstly, that they all stay injury free and secondly, that they play well and return in positive states of mind looking to reproduce that form for their club.
Chiriches certainly isn’t anywhere near the captaincy at Tottenham Hotspur but if Romania make that decision and give him that role, he can certainly use it to his advantage.