Gollini claims working with ‘some of the world’s strongest players’ at Spurs helped him

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Pierluigi Gollini
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Pierluigi Gollini has insisted his loan spell at Tottenham helped him to develop as a player despite his lack of game time over the course of his stint. 

Spurs signed Gollini for the full season from Atalanta last summer to provide cover for No.1 goalkeeper and club captain Hugo Lloris, while holding an option to make the move permanent (Sky Sports).

Despite starting the campaign as the club’s go-to goalie in the cup competitions, the 25-year-old was rarely utilised after Antonio Conte’s arrival.

He made just 10 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt) which recently culminated in Spurs confirming he would be returning to his parent club over the summer. 

Although opportunities were limited for Gollini, he insists that working alongside some of the world’s best players and France captain Lloris still allowed him to develop as a player. 

He told Rai Sport (13/06/22 via Calcio Atalanta and Sport Witness): “The year I spent at Tottenham was a formative year for me. I played together with some of the world’s strongest players, and I was with Lloris, one of the best goalkeepers in the world.” 

Tottenham have since found their replacement for Gollini in the form of Fraser Forster, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent after his contract with Southampton ran down. 

The 34-year-old made 19 appearances for the Saints last season (Transfermarkt) and is expected to assume Gollini’s role in backing up Lloris. 

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Gollini didn’t make much of an impact at Tottenham but that is tough when someone like Lloris is iso trusted in goal. No doubt working with him would have been very beneficial for Gollini, though, despite his lack of matches and he will likely take that experience forward in the rest of his career. 

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