Tottenham Hotspur take on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League later today as they look to keep their slim chances of making it to the next round of the competition alive.
To do so, Spurs will need to do without captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. He was sent off in the recent 2-2 draw in Eindhoven and Mauricio Pochettino now has a job on deciding who takes his place.
There was once a time that Michel Vorm was the simple option. However, the Dutchman may have been usurped by Paulo Gazzaniga. Pochettino spoke about Gazzaniga this week, suggesting he has all the attributes to be a top goalkeeper.
There has been a lot of talk regarding who Tottenham might want to replace Hugo Lloris one day. Some are suggesting a new face should be on their way in this summer as Tottenham must be prepared for life after the Frenchman leaves.
“I think his progression has been fantastic. Of course, the credit is always for the players, but [we have] to give big credit to Toni Jiminez, the goalkeeping coach, who’s helping all the keepers to improve and grow.
“I think after one year and a half with us, I think his progression is fantastic and we were right when we signed him, because we believed and we knew him from Southampton. He’s still young for a keeper and has the potential to be top.”
However, it certainly seems that Pochettino has a lot of faith in his compatriot. Gazzaniga, who is from the same town as Pochettino, cost just £2 million (as reported by The Sun) last summer and has proven to be a surprise success when called upon.
Pochettino knew he had talent from his time at St Mary’s and his recent comments suggest he is not above giving Gazzaniga the chance to prove himself Lloris’ natural successor.
If that does prove to be the case, then £2 million looks like an absolute bargain.