According to Football Insider, Tottenham are ready to open talks with Paulo Gazzaniga over a new and improved contract. Gazzaniga is winning many admirers in what is his third season at Tottenham since moving from Southampton.
The Argentine has had a sustained run in the team for the past couple of months after Hugo Lloris sustained a terrible injury against Brighton.
The Frenchman is not expected to be back before the new year and, in his absence, Gazzaniga has performed quite admirably. He has been reliable between the sticks and shown that he is also quite a good distributor of the ball.
Former Spurs striker Darren Bent said that Tottenham will be shrewd to offer the 27-year-old stopper a new contract as he is good enough to be the first-choice goalkeeper at other Premier League clubs.
He also opined that Lloris is likely to be on his way out of the club after making a series of mistakes since the World Cup.
Bent told Football Insider, “Yeah, I remember his first-game against Liverpool he was brilliant. He has made a few mistakes in previous games but he’s shown stature and stepped in.
“What’s gone in his favour is we’ve seen so many other teams this season where their main keeper has got injured and their back-up has been awful.
“And it hasn’t helped the team at all, look at West Ham and Fabianski, that’s been a disaster. We’ve seen at Man City when Ederson has been out, Bravo hasn’t been great and made mistakes.
“Even Adrian at Liverpool, he’s settled down now but he was making mistakes, so I just think he (Gazzaniga) is a very good goalkeeper who could be the first-choice goalkeeper in a lot of teams.
“So Spurs are being quite shrewd there by thinking let’s tie him down, keep him here because you can’t say Hugo Lloris isn’t on the way out as we’ve seen him make mistakes since the World Cup.
“I think Gazzaniga is the next in line and it’s a really good move for Spurs to tie him down.”
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While Gazzaniga has done quite well in Lloris’ absence, I still believe the Frenchman is the superior shot-stopper and so I back him to win the No.1 spot back when he returns from injury. If we do decide that it’s time to look for Lloris’ long term successor, I would be happy to see Gazzaniga continue as our number 2.
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