Paul Robinson believes Joe Hart could be an excellent addition to the Tottenham squad and has added that he would not be surprised to see Paulo Gazzaniga leave the club after the arrival of the former England goalkeeper.
Gazzaniga played plenty of matches last season as Hugo Lloris spent a considerable portion of the season sidelined with an elbow injury. In fact, the shot-stopper has now played an impressive 37 times across his three Tottenham seasons (Wikipedia).
While the Argentine was arguably at fault for one or two goals during this time, overall, he did a decent job as the Frenchman’s understudy.
However, with Hart’s arrival to North London, Robinson believes that the former Southampton goalkeeper may have fallen down the pecking order.
The former Tottenham goalkeeper suggested that Hart’s experience and leadership qualities will be an asset for Jose Mourinho’s men and subsequently backed him to get plenty of games next season due to the club’s congested schedule.
When asked about Spurs’ acquisition of the 33-year-old, Robinson told Football Insider: “He [Hart] has accepted that new role as a number two, like he did at Burnley, so he’s not going to expect to play, although I do think he’ll come in and get some games.
“Spurs are going to be competing on all fronts next year, coming into the Europa League very early because Arsenal won the FA Cup, so there’s going to be an opportunity for him to play games at the top level.
“If he’s got his head around being a number two, or even a number three, you can see it really working for him.
“His experience around the dressing room and on the training ground will be vital. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Gazzaniga moving on.
“I think it’s a really good move for both. It’s not a signing that’s going to excite Spurs fans, but you can see the functionality behind it, and also it’s another Englishman in the squad, which I think was a big part of it. It’s a sensible deal.”
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Mourinho has already stressed the importance of changing the squad’s mentality and the signings of both Hojbjerg and Hart also seem to be aimed towards addressing that problem. Both players seem like strong personalities who will not be shy of letting their voices be heard in the dressing room. So, their impact off the pitch could be just as if not more crucial than their impact on it.
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