Paul Robinson has claimed that Paulo Gazzaniga likely thought he was on his way out from Tottenham in the summer only to see his transfer fall through.
The Argentine proved a valuable understudy when Hugo Lloris was out injured last season and despite making one or two howlers, proved to be a safe pair of hands for the most part.
Jose Mourinho even claimed that the 28-year-old has “magic hands” after he helped Spurs to a 2-1 over Wolves at the Molineux in November of last year.
However, it does not appear as if the Tottenham boss and his coaching staff were fully convinced by the former Southampton man after they brought Joe Hart to the club during the summer, with the England international quickly overtaking Gazzaniga as the club’s number two.
The Athletic revealed after the transfer window shut in October that Everton were in talks with Tottenham over Gazzaniga but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee.
Reports indicate that the goalkeeper is one of a number of players Tottenham could be ready to move on when the transfer window reopens in January (Football.London).
Robinson believes that the former Saints stopper did not expect to still be at North London.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper told Football Insider: “I think he (Gazzaniga) thought he was gone.
“I suspect something was lined up and he thought he was leaving and that is why Jose Mourinho brought in Joe Hart.
“It looked like Gazzaniga thought he was leaving Spurs in the summer. There’s been talk of Aston Villa and Liverpool, teams looking for backups. I think his head was turned and in his mind he may have thought he was gone.
“I could see him leaving in January. He will not want to sit there as number three because he even had a taste of being number one while Huge was out.
“As a player, if you get a taste of first team action you are not going to want to come out of the team let alone the squad completely.
“I suspect that he thought he was on the move in the summer and for whatever reason that did not materialise.
“We will see Gazzaniga move on in January or the end of the season. He is not a number three goalkeeper, he is a top goalkeeper.”
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