Tottenham Hotspur scapegoat needs time, not criticism

Federico Fazio needs time to settle at Tottenham, after a negative start to his Spurs career.

Fazio received a red card on his first Premier League start for the North Londoners, before suffering the same fate just three games later in the Europa League.

Upon his return to the starting XI for domestic action, he played the full 90 minutes as Spurs were defeated 2-1 by Stoke City, and the lumbering centre-half has been the centre of much criticism since his £8 million arrival this summer. The former Sevilla man has become the scapegoat for all Spurs’ troubles this campaign, despite his limited inclusion in first-team selection, and, although he hasn’t helped himself with some on-pitch displays, he is hardly the villain he is portrayed as.

What the 27-year-old Argentinian international needs, more than criticism from his own fans, is time.

Fazio arrived at White Hart Lane off the back of a successful Europa League campaign with Sevilla, with whom he won the trophy after seven years in Spain. He was signed for a team changing managers, and style, and who have yet to impress this season. It is hard to pinpoint one member of the Tottenham set-up who has impressed this term, and that includes the members of the playing squad who have been there for a number of years, let alone the recent signings - who need time to settle in England.

If one member is deserving of praise, it would be Belgian forward Nacer Chadli, who has six goals in 10 Premier League games this season. However, he performed so badly in his debut year in England that the club were looking at selling him in the summer, or using him as a makeweight in a deal for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. But he remained at the club, and has proven his worth after a year in England, having settled to both the culture, and the division.

Whilst every fan would love to see new signings impress immediately upon arrival, it is a rare occurrence, and Fazio, who has only just broken into the Spurs first-team, looks as if he requires time to settle into a team performing well below-par. Whilst he may turn out to be another signing messed up by Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini, the right to judge him should be left until next season, and support should be shown so that the Argentine defender settles faster into the surroundings at White Hart Lane.

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