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Should Tottenham Hotspur give Gazzaniga a chance if Vorm exits?

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Should Tottenham Hotspur give Gazzaniga a chance if Vorm exits?

The Argentine has played just once this season but could feature more if Michel Vorm leaves.

This summer Tottenham Hotspur may have to find themselves a new goalkeeper. Hugo Lloris will hopefully still be at the club, but Michel Vorm’s future is far from certain.

The Dutchman is out of contract at Spurs in the summer. The 34-year-old is a brilliant second choice option for Spurs but he has now played that role for nearly four years.

With his career into its twilight it will not come as a surprise if Vorm does in fact leave. Indeed, it was recently reported by The Sun that Feyenoord are hopeful of bringing Vorm back to the Netherlands.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm gestures as snow falls during the English FA Cup 5th round replay football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale at Wembley Stadium in London, on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

With that in mind Tottenham will likely bring in a new face to help in the goalkeeping position.

But should they?

 

Tottenham could however decide to put their faith in their current third-choice stopper. Paulo Gazzaniga was signed from Southampton last summer in something of a shock move. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino however is a big fan of the player. His fellow Argentinian is even from the same town, Murphy, in their homeland as Pochettino. The Spurs boss worked with the stopper at Southampton and needed a safe third-choice after Pau Lopez was not signed permanently and Luke McGee joined Portsmouth.

The 26-year-old was thrust into action earlier this season. Injuries to Lloris and Vorm meant Gazzaniga had to start against Crystal Palace at Wembley. He put in an excellent deputising performance, as Spurs claimed a 1-0 win.

Tottenham’s Argentinian goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is introduced to the fans ahead of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

When signed by Spurs the Argentine was handed a five-year deal so they have no plans on him being a stop-gap.

Gazzaniga is certainly prone to the odd error. But he played an entire season with Rayo Vallecano on loan last term and impressed in Spain’s second tier. Spurs boss Pochettino knows what he can do when his focus is right.

There will be calls for Spurs to bring in a new keeper if Vorm does decide to leave but Pochettino should think long and hard about giving his countryman the number two duties full-time.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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