Former player says move to Tottenham ‘wasn’t entirely his decision’

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Dom Le Roy

There are very few former Spurs players as popular with the fans as goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

He had a great start to his career with Tottenham and went on to establish himself as England’s No.1.

However, mistakes started creeping into his game towards the end of his Spurs career and he was first benched in favour of Radek Cerny by Juande Ramos before being eventually sold to Blackburn.

The former Spurs shot-stopper who made 175 appearances during his four seasons in North London has now spoken about the circumstances in which he joined the club and has revealed that he had little choice but to move after Leeds United accepted a bid for him.


The 39-year-old has spoken about the difficult 2003/04 season he endured at Leeds United which saw the club being relegated from the Premier League after 14 years in the top flight.

Robinson revealed that due to the financial mess that the club were in, they had no choice but to let many of their star players go.

Speaking about his move to Spurs, Robinson told FourFourTwo magazine (Edition: July 2019): “It wasn’t entirely my decision; it was a case of, ‘We have accepted a bid for you and you need to go.’

“It could have happened that January: Tottenham tried to buy me then, but Leeds wanted me back on loan until the end of the season.

“In the last minute of deadline day, Leeds pulled the plug on the deal because they already had too many loan players, so they weren’t allowed to take me on loan.”

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While the circumstances of Robinson’s move might have been unpleasant, it is a deal that certainly worked out well for both the player and Tottenham as the England stopper was in brilliant form for the first couple of season at White Hart Lane. Even to this day, Robinson remains fondly remembered by Spurs fans, and understandably so given that he wore his heart on his sleeve.

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