Former Tottenham goalkeeper, Paul Robinson does not believe that Joe Hart has come to Spurs to be the third-choice goalkeeper and suggested that the former Manchester City stopper will be aiming to displace Paulo Gazzaniga as Hugo Lloris’ main understudy.
While there were a few question marks over Lloris at the start of last season, the experienced goalkeeper has looked back to his best since returning from his injury lay off back in February.
However, with Michel Vorm leaving the club at the end of last season, the Lilywhites needed reinforcements in goal and did not waste any time in snapping up Hart on a free.
Jose Mourinho admitted after Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday that he is delighted to have the 33-year-old on board ahead of what could be a long season.
Robinson insisted that Hart’s move to Spurs cannot be compared to Chelsea’s previous acquisition of Rob Green or Manchester United’s signing of Lee Grant. The former Spurs stopper insisted that Hart believes he is better than Gazzaniga.
Robinson told Football Insider: “It is a very sensible signing for all parties. It is a huge box ticked – another home-grown player.
“You have seen the likes of Scott Carson and Richard Wright (at Manchester City), Lee Grant at Manchester United and Rob Green at Chelsea. But saying that I think the Joe Hart situation is different at Spurs.
“He will not be going there to rest of his laurels. He will be thinking, and certainly I would be thinking, that ‘Lloris has been injury-prone and inconsistent over the past couple of seasons, Gazzaniga has done OK’ but Joe Hart definitely believes he is better than him. He will fancy his chances of playing.
“With the amount of games that Spurs have got, given that they have to go into the Europa League early, there will be game time. It is a real opportunity for him to play some games.
“Whether the signing of Joe Hart means that Gazzaniga is moving on we will have to wait and see.”
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Gazzaniga certainly proved himself to be a competent deputy for Lloris when the Frenchman was sidelined for several months earlier in the season. I expect Gazzaniga to start the season as our second choice keeper but I am sure Jose will hand Hart an opportunity in the Carabao Cup or the Europa League. It is up to the 33-year-old to show that he is good enough to be Lloris’ main understudy.
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