There are so many conflicting sides to Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches that there will undoubtedly be mixed opinions after his first season at White Hart Lane. The 24 year old arrived at Tottenham in a bizarre transfer from Steaua Bucharest which at one point was conducted by the Romanian Club president from inside his jail cell.
Vlad subsequently signed up on 24th August 2013 and in his first Premier League game for the club he was voted Man of the Match by Tottenham supporters. That’s where the confusion lies with Chiriches because there seems to be no middle ground with him.
Further encouraging performances followed including another MOTM display against Manchester United on New Year’s Day but on occasions, the player resembles an outfield Heurelho Gomes. A basic error allowed Sunderland to score towards the end of the season and that was followed by a complete meltdown at West Brom that saw Vlad replaced by Zeki Fryers at half time. Another error went unpunished by Aston Villa last Sunday.
Moving forward, we have seen videos from his Steaua days which show the player bursting forward into the opposition box, Beckenbauer style, but while we’ve seen no real evidence of that, his solitary goal against Fulham was one to remember.
Chriches’ behaviour off the pitch has incited criticism too: In January he was filmed stumbling around Bucharest after a night out while he received some stick for going straight on Instagram after his West Brom shocker.
Injury has obviously interfered with his first season but should a new manager look to move him on or does Vlad Chiriches have a big future at Tottenham?