Vlad Chiriches may be a Tottenham Hotspur flop but he is a national hero in Romania

Vlad Chiriches

The defender is currently struggling at Napoli, but in imperious form for his national team.

This summer saw Tottenham Hotspur kick out plenty of deadwood. Etienne Capoue, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul all left.

Another name on that list was Vlad Chiriches.

The Romanian was sold to Napoli this summer after a rather disappointing time with Tottenham. Signed for a fee reported by the Daily Mail to have been around £7 million, the Romanian struggled since his arrival from Steaua Bucharest with the pace and concentration of the English game.

But whilst Chiriches may have struggled for Tottenham Hotspur in recent times he has become a national hero in his native Romania - as a key member of the side that booked their place at a major international competition for the first time since 2008.

They did so finishing second to the Northern Ireland and based on a supreme defence led by Chiriches. Trolorii conceded just two goals in their 10 qualifying matches - of which Chiriches played in every single minute of every single game. They conceded on two separate occasions, Joel Pohjanpalo scoring for Finland and Balazs Dzsudzsak scoring for Hungary - with Chiriches and co snuffing out all over on-comers including Greece and Northern Ireland.

He may also be struggling to get game time at his new club Napoli but there is no doubt that the Tottenham flop is one of the first names on the Romania team-sheet.

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