“It’s not easy” – Spurs player opens up on lack of first-team football but remains positive

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Pierluigi Gollini has admitted that it has not been easy adjusting from being a first-team regular to warming the bench at Tottenham Hotspur but is using the experience as a positive motivation to improve.

The 27-year-old joined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal from Atalanta last summer with the option to make it a permanent deal for £13m if he played a certain number of games (Sky Sports).

Gollini has only registered ten appearances in all competitions since making the move to north London with none of those coming in the Premier League (transfermarkt) which is a stark contrast to the 32 games he appeared in last season for Atalanta, including three outings in the Champions League.

The Italian international, who has spent time in England in the past with Aston Villa, did however speak of one advantage of returning back to the country due to how he is not judged in the same manner as he was in Italy due to his fashion choices.

Pierluigi Gollini
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He told Gazzetta Dello Sport’s SportWeek: “It’s not easy to go from the Champions League to playing on the bench,”

“But this can help you get motivated and improve. You need the right mentality.

“Here, nobody cares about my style, how I dress and what jewellery I wear. In Italy, they judge you first as a character and then as a player.”

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Gollini has failed to push Hugo Lloris for the number one jersey this season with the Frenchman having performed well for the vast majority of the campaign.

It would seem unlikely that Spurs would want to outlay £13million on a back-up goalkeeper this summer and also take up one of the non-homegrown player slots when they could look to sign Sam Johnstone on a free transfer this summer after his contract at West Brom expires and instead use the available slot to bolster the outfield options.

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