Summer signings Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli both made their first starts for Tottenham tonight as we saw out a hostile draw away at Partizan Belgrade. The latter of the two made his first Spurs appearance at the weekend as he came on after 70 minutes top cameo in our 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, however he reversed his role this time out as he managed 72 minutes at the heart of midfield. Benji Playing next to an equally inexperienced Nabil Bentaleb, Stambouli completed 92% of his passes – the best out of any of his outfield teammates, while only his midfield partner made a higher percentage of his tackles. The Frenchman signed on Deadline Day of the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £4.7million from Montpellier, and did his defensive duties excellently before being replaced by Etienne Capoue, and our failure to score can be mainly credited to our lack of chances created. And our fanbase seems suitably impressed by our new toy – @WindyCOYS “Stambouli looks like a hybrid of Parker and Holtby. In a good way.” @spenno_000 “Thought stambouli was excellent he will cement a place next to capoue in midfield in the PL in no time..#THFC” @FWBenn “Stambouli should be captain, has authority and presence...” @maximmbroking “Having said that Stambouli looked decent, and Fazio did well in difficult situation. Onwards and upwards.” @SpursFanVA “10 changes, clean sheet and very positive Fazio partnership with Vertonghen and Stambouli looking good. But most not happy” @g2mcc 1 I thought Stambouli was excellent, probably the bright spot of what was an average enough night. @BenPearceSpurs “#thfc Looks like Stambouli will fit in well and be a good option in the centre, while Fazio was solid apart from one error from a throw-in.” Fazio While the finger is pointed at that the misfirings of Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Paulinho going forward, at the back the situation looks all the more brighter. On a difficult pitch, and with a fairly intense atmosphere baring down on them, the back 5 did well to keep a clean sheet against a fired up Partizan. Although Kyle Naughton was quiet and Ben Davies pretty much had a mare, with just over 60% of his passes completed, the central partnership of Jan Vertonghen and new boy Federico Fazio flourished. Vertonghen looked elegant and back to his former self, while our summer acquisition from Sevilla Fazio commanded anything over shoulder-height. Being 6ft 5”, it would be expected of the Argentine to do so, but he never once looked fazed by the Partizan attack. Familiarly, the centre-half could have a few problems on the turn. Pace may not be his forte but that’s an issue we’ve been used to in recent years… Tonight’s performance from Fazio makes the decision to name Younes Kaboul as our new captain all the more strange. Fazio could easily be in our Premier League XI in a very short space of time, that is of course if Pochettino is not afraid to pull the French skipper from the side. @JaiP72 “positives Fazio, Lamela, Lloris, draw away from home in hostile atmosphere. Negatives - the rest of them, YAWN Tip Tap” @kahnalfhodgson “Was not a bad peformance. Fazio played well alongside super jan. But paulinho was poor harry kane looked ok aswell #coys” @tottenhamtalk1 “Been impressed with Stambouli and Fazio has done well, not sure on Davies again.” @king26ledley i thought fazio made a couple of poor mistakes but with vertonghen back there we should be ok. @TimJamesGibney “Fazio & Jan look like a very capable partnership #THFC” @TimmyT21 Fazio had a great first game. Stambouli looks like some extremely shrewd business very slick player Both of our new signings could slot straight into our team for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion, and it is now clear why Pochettino wanted the players in the first place. Hopefully they can both repay the faith he showed in them. COYS!