The Argentine was, quite simply, woeful before finally being booted out of the Tottenham side. Against Fiorentina in the Europa League, in particular, Fazio gave a comical impersonation of a centre-back.
But, against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, the forgotten 28-year-old is the perfect man to start at the heart of Spurs' defence.
The reason: a certain Christian Benteke. And, with Kyle Walker potentially out injured, Fazio's assistance may be required even more.
|Team||Headers Won||Appearances||Minutes Played|
|Christian Benteke||Aston Villa||142||23||1,840|
As Opta stats show, Benteke - Aston Villa's biggest threat in the air - is not matched by any Spurs star in terms of aerial duels. Boss Tim Sherwood, meanwhile, has made no secret of his desire to channel everything through the Belgian striker. Away from home, the aerial ball will be a big asset.
No Tottenham player, though, has won more headers than Fazio this season - despite the Argentine playing far less minutes than most of his team-mates.
Indeed, it's the one thing Fazio's good at.
Pochettino's biggest criticism of late, meanwhile, has been his lack of adaptability. You simply cannot play the same system and stick to the same principles every week in the Premier League. That's how a number of managers have been found out in the past.
Against Aston Villa, Pochettino will need to adapt or risk playing right into Sherwood's hands. And wouldn't that be embarrassing for the Tottenham boss?
After all, if Fazio isn't used on occasions like these, why did Spurs even bother signing him?