Tottenham's Benjamin Stambouli thanks fans on Twitter after first goal

Benjamin Stambouli's first goal for the club in the 1-0 Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade saw fans hail his performance in the aftermath.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has taken to Twitter to thanks fans for their support after scoring his first goal for the club.

Stambouli, 24, produced the only strike in the 1-0 Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night at White Hart Lane, with the three points securing their place in the competition’s knockout phase with one group game to spare.

Signed from Ligue 1 side Montpellier this summer for a reported £4.7 million fee, the Frenchman is still to make an impact in the Premier League, having earned just one substitute appearance for a total of 21 minutes so far.

He has been a regular both in Europe and the Capital One Cup, however, making a total of six starts for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with his performances earning positives reviews from fans and the media alike.

Interviewed after the match, the former Marseille trainee spoke of his delight at getting off the mark, and also revealed the background behind his salute celebration.

“It was good to celebrate this goal with the fans,” he told ITV. “My celebration was for all military round the world. They fight for peace and I think it’s important sometimes to show we think about them.

“We needed to win this game to finish first in the group and now we can think forward,” he continued. “The Europa League is good, even if it is only the Europa League.

“We played a good team and you know they love to fight, so every game is a close one.

“We know that we need to improve and we defended very well. We just tried to score one more goal than the opponents.”

With Spurs already preparing to host fellow Europa League outfit Everton in Sunday’s league clash, it remains to be seen whether Pochettino will reward Stambouli for his goal with more top-flight minutes.

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