Napoli's former Tottenham flop Vlad Chiriches earns place in Europa League Team of the Week

Vlad Chiriches failed to convince at Tottenham but was one of the standout performers for Napoli in the Europa League

The Europa League has thrown up plenty of unlikely heroes over the years and this week was no different, with a former Tottenham Hotspur defender shaking off his Spurs flop tag to put in a starring performance.

Vlad Chiriches spent two years on the books at White Hart Lane, playing 41 games for the Lilywhites but rarely convincing the supporters.

Sold to Napoli last summer, the Romania international has only made four appearances to date for the Serie A side.

But that could be set to change after the 26-year-old put in an impressive shift for the Partenopei in their 1-0 victory away from home against Club Brugge.

Imperious in defence for the Naples giants, Chiriches also netted the decisive goal in a performance that saw the centre back earn a place in the Europa League Team of the Week.

With no Tottenham players featuring in the line-up, some Spurs fans may be left wondering what could have been for a defender who arrived at the club having impressed in his homeland.

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