Vlad Chiriches has long been mooted to make a move in January after a disastrous run of form left his promising start to his time at Tottenham in tatters.
The Romanian settled in quicker than any of the not-quite-magnificent-seven with Andre Villas-Boas as manager but after suffering an injury he lost his form under Tim Sherwood.
Chiriches was not the only defender to struggle during Sherwood’s brief reign as manager, with Danny Rose’s form dropping dramatically after the change in matter and Jan Vertonghen essentially throwing in the towel. Yet while others restored their reputations under Mauricio Pochettino, Chiriches remained an accident waiting to happen.
Just a couple of weeks ago he looked completely out in the cold but things change quickly in football. Injuries saw Chiriches make the bench against Hull and his introduction at right-back was one of the factors that changed the game in a second-half comeback. He was then picked as a central defender in the Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade, before starting as right-back in Sunday’s win over Everton.
All of which presents something of a dilemma. Roma are supposedly keen to buy the player in January but while this was a no-brainer of a deal when he was being frozen out by Pochettino, it is less of a certainty when he’s starting regularly and playing well.
Chiriches possesses more pace than any of Tottenham’s somewhat flat-footed collection of central defenders and has proved that he can do a decent job as a right-back – a position where Spurs have struggled due to injuries and suspension.
So what’s the verdict? Sell Chiriches now and muddle by without him until the end of the season when major restructuring of the defence can take place, or keep him and give the player another few months to prove that he can get back to the form he initially showed at Spurs?