Why Kyle Walker's injury troubles are great news for Vlad Chiriches

Vlad Chiriches

The Tottenham Hotspur defender could find himself in a strong position to fight for his place at the club.

Against Burnley on Sunday, there were few positives for Spurs. Several onlookers managed to agree, though, that Vlad Chiriches was by far not the worst thing about the drag, forgettable affair.

The Romanian has been much criticised this term and rightly so for some of his performances. At Burnley, however, Chiriches moved towards the tag of 'best of a bad bunch.'

He covered at centre-back as well as right-back and, now that Kyle Walker is reported by the London Evening Standard to be losing the battle to be fit for this weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, the chance could present itself for the 25-year-old to do so again.

For, while there is the possibility of seeing DeAndre Yedlin in action for the first time this season, Chiriches is currently boss Mauricio Pochettino's safe bet.

A far-from-terrible display against the Clarets showed the Romanian could prove useful for Tottenham between now and the end of the league campaign and, should Walker remain injured, he will no doubt fill in somewhere along the back line.

And that provides Chiriches with a very intriguing situation. Indeed, after a poor campaign from the 25-year-old - that much cannot be denied at all - he could be in with the chance to play his way into Pochettino's plans for next term.

He has a long way to go to right the wrongs of a forgettable season but who's a better option right now? Kyle Naughton was sold and Yedlin is yet to feature for Spurs. Walker, meanwhile, is so off form Chiriches is legitimately a better option than him - whether he's fit or not.

Walker's injury, then, has turned the tables somewhat for the Romanian at Tottenham. And the door is now ever so slightly ajar.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch