The 25-year-old has endured a frustrating career since arriving at St Mary’s on a four-year deal in 2012, only featuring 23 times across four seasons, and he spent last year on-loan at Rayo Vallecano.
Despite it being likely that Gazzaniga will be utilised as a back-up to current ‘keeper Hugo Lloris, rather than as competition, Mauricio Pochettino has a lot of admiration for his fellow Argentine.
The former Valencia man has signed on a five-year deal that will see him at the club until 2022.
It was Tottenham who took to social media to announce Gazzaniga’s arrival…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017
And some supporters were relatively pleased with the news…
— Jordan Yorath (@sticksTHFC) August 23, 2017
Pochettino already thinking long term with the signing of Paulo Gazzaniga. Third choice keeper who will provide good completion. #COYS
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) August 23, 2017
Some weren’t as impressed with the new arrival though…
Ladies and gentlemen my club!
Linked with Aurier Barkley Sessegnon balde and we announce Gazzaniga
Never change https://t.co/9hA1XMmHN6
— Michael- (@Mike_b_Spurs) August 23, 2017
With the majority of fans still waiting on the big, marquee signings…
Poch says 4 signings and we waste 1 on Gazzaniga? Guess no Keita now. Sanchez, Barkley, Aurier, and Gazzaniga would still be a good window
— AJ (@NewEnglandYiddo) August 23, 2017
Sanchez and Gazzaniga done, just Foyth n 1 more tc? Poch said 4 signings I wasn't thinking 2 CBs and a res GK. Can we wish for more wishes?
— Nelly Evans (@NellyEvans79) August 23, 2017
Gazzaniga is a squad player for now but we need players to challenge for 1st team places.. announce Balde and Aurier now pls @SpursOfficial
— Jim (@J1M5TER) August 23, 2017
Whilst supporters of rival clubs reveled in Tottenham’s transfer dealings to date…
@SpursOfficial sell Kyle Walker then buy Paulo Gazzaniga WTF then they expect to win the league….
— MonTanaKE™ (@dan_cariukey) August 23, 2017
Surely Gazzaniga move to Spurs for reported £2m- £3m wins craziest,overpriced transfer window 2017 award! #saintsfc
— Luke Fletcher (@Superfletch81) August 23, 2017
What do you think Tottenham fans? Is the Southampton man a good buy? Let us know below.
Xherdan Shaqiri should join Southampton and continue in his best role
The Swiss international is wanted by a number of clubs, including Southampton.
It looks as though Xherdan Shaqiri will be on the move this summer. The Swiss star suffered relegation with Stoke City last season and is not prepared to play in the Championship. The news he could be on his way has attracted plenty of attention, with the latest reports suggesting it is Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton who are leading the race for his signature.
The Mirror reported this week that both Spurs and Southampton are keen on activating his bargain release clause of £12 million this summer.
The lure of playing for Spurs will no doubt be a feature for Shaqiri. They can offer the Champions League football he probably craves.
But he should choose Southampton instead.
Why? Here’s why?
Shaqiri thrives as a big fish in a smaller pond. During his time at hometown club FC Basel he was unstoppable and at Stoke he has been in similar form. With regular football and responsibility the 26-year-old thrives and can but in match-winning performances.
In the past, when playing for the bigger sides, he has found himself lost. At Bayern Munich he played a substitute role for his three seasons in Bavaria. Once he had enough of that, he headed to Inter Milan – another European giant.
Rightly so. In terms of talent, Shaqiri is good enough for such teams. However, again he found himself a bit-part player at the San Siro, coming off the bench more than he started.
The fact is Shaqiri is something of a luxury player and, if a team is not built around him, he does not thrive.
Southampton would automatically make him the star of their team. With the presence of his former Stoke boss Mark Hughes also a factor, then Southampton is obviously the best choice for the mercurial attacker.
Alex McCarthy isn’t the signing of intent Tottenham need
The 28-year-old has attracted a lot of attention since he replaced Fraser Forster between the sticks for the Saints earlier this season and was crucial in ensuring Southampton stayed in the Premier League.
A return to London may tempt the former Crystal Palace keeper. However, it doesn’t seem like a transfer that will suit either party.
Hugo Lloris is still one of the most respected keepers in world football and McCarthy, although impressive this season, isn’t a player capable of replacing the France national team captain. The two are similar in age and the difference in current ability is substantial.
The Mirror‘s report also states Michel Vorm’s contract is coming up to its final year so McCarthy could be seen as a potential replacement for the Dutchman. However, Paulo Gazzaniga has emerged as a solid candidate for that secondary role after his MOTM performance against Crystal Palace in November.
If Tottenham are to kick on and try and keep the pace with City, then signings are crucial. Their season could very much depend on the business they get done this summer and signings like McCarthy will not excite fans in the slightest.
Liverpool‘s first signing saw them break the bank to sign Fabinho, a talent who has shone in Europe the last few years, and maybe Pochettino should be ensuring the Lilywhites are after the same calibre of player considering the club finished in the top-three for the third successive season.
Sam McQueen linked but losing Joe Bryan would hurt Bristol City
The Englishman has been at Ashton Gate since 15 years of age.
According to the Bristol Post, Bristol City are being linked with Southampton‘s Sam McQueen as the club’s replacement for full-back Joe Bryan, meaning the South-West club could be preparing for life without the 24-year-old, who has made over 229 appearances for the club.
The Robins ultimately look set to lose Bryan during the summer transfer window with Burnley, Everton and Aston Villa all keen on signing the left-back. With only a year left on his contract at Ashton Gate, the club could be tempted to cash-in for the home grown defender, for a fee of around £6 million.
Despite McQueen being a sensible replacement for City, his arrival wouldn’t quite soften the blow of losing Bryan, who has quickly established himself as one of the best all-round defenders in the EFL Championship.
The full-back has been with the side since he was 15 years of age and has gone on to become one of their most important players. Many will remember the 24-year-old’s wonder strike to help beat Premier League giants Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, after a display that saw him named man-of-the-match.
Losing a player of his calibre will not help the club’s attempts to challenge for the play-offs next season. Considering the club were in contention for a top two place as recently as Christmas, it is difficult to comprehend the board selling one of their best players.
The Robins sat second in the Championship during the festive period but went on to finish a disappointing 11th after only picking up 20 points from their final 22 games.
Lee Johnson reportedly sees McQueen, who was told he can quite St Mary’s this summer, as the most likely replacement for Bryan this summer, if the right offer comes in for the latter’s services.
The Saints defender played 22 times in the 2017/18 season, mostly from the bench, but is a player who could definitely prove his worth.
At 23, he still has years to improve and with a full Championship season under his belt, he could emerge a shrewd replacement for long-term servant Bryan.
However, the news won’t float well with City fans who would prefer to keep their homegrown player, rather than attempt to replace him.
Nonetheless, with a year left on his contract, cashing in on the £6 million talent, while bringing in Sam McQueen, could prove a smart piece of business from the Robins.
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