Some thoughts on the Paulo Gazzaniga to Spurs rumours:
It’s fair to say most Spurs fans were surprised when they heard the news, that we had been linked with Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. The youngish Argentine goalkeeper (25) spent last season on loan with Spanish segunda division side Rayo Vallecano. Reports are suggesting that Pochettino is interested in signing the goalkeeper, presumably to make added competition between Lloris and Vorm for the first place spot. Gazzaniga who hails from the same town in Argentina as Pochettino (Murphy) could well become Spurs’ first addition of the summer. I must admit I was very surprised when I heard of this rumour yesterday morning, from the point of view that we already have two excellent first team goalkeepers and a whole host of talented academy goalkeepers who have such a bright future in the game. However, we’ve also got to bear in mind the fact that we probably won’t be signing Pau Lopez from Espanyol this summer. Lopez who spent last season on loan at Spurs, despite not featuring for the senior side, he gave Pochettino that security of knowing that he had a keeper in his side capable of stepping in were there to be an injury crisis. I was desperately hoping we’d sign Lopez whose contract runs out next summer, and I still think we will in the future. But the rumours of Pochettino wanting Gazzaniga make sense, he may not be the most experienced goalkeeper. But he’s played in the premier league before, whilst also playing for Gillingham and Rayo Vallecano in between. The Argentine who is an excellent kicker of the ball, is still a young and improving goalkeeper and if Pochettino wants us to sign him, then so do I.
Highly rated youth team goalkeepers Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin both 18, are expected to be given squad numbers for this season. Though the talented pair are for now still probably too young and inexperienced to fill in for Lloris and Vorm. Though Gazzaniga wouldn’t be and that’s why I’d like him at Spurs, he may not play many games if any over the coming season, a bit like Alex Manninger’s spell with Liverpool last season. Pochettino could well link up with his fellow countryman who he managed at Southampton, its certainly an interesting transfer rumour that will divide opinion, but I welcome the idea of the Argentine joining Spurs. COYS