Danny Mills suggests that Pochettino may think 21-year-old is not good enough

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Mauricio Pochettino dipped back into the transfer market earlier this week when Michel Vorm was brought back to North London.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper left the club at the end of last season following the conclusion of his contract.

After Hugo Lloris fractured his elbow during the opening minutes of the 3-0 defeat at Burnley, Paulo Gazzaniga took his place between the sticks.

Lloris’ injury meant that Alfie Whiteman would have been left as Gazzaniga’s understudy.

Whiteman, 21, is yet to play a senior game for Tottenham and can often be seen travelling with the first team as a third-choice option and to help with the goalkeeping warm-up before matches.

The decision to recall Vorm from the wilderness means that Spurs have an experienced back-up who has played over 100 Premier League matches.

Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has claimed that Vorm’s return means that Pochettino does not trust Whiteman to make the step up at present.

Mills told Football Insider: “If they were good enough, it wouldn’t be an issue but Pochettino clearly thinks they’re not good enough or quite ready yet. 

“You’ve got your first-choice keeper who is now out for a significant length of time, what happens if something happened to Gazzaniga? Are you going to play for a kid who’s had no experience for the next six months? That’s a big, big gamble. Absolutely huge.

“You need some experience in that position. You cannot go into the next six months, however long it’s going to be, with a goalkeeper and a young kid who could be playing Champions League football.”

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