Opinion: Gazzaniga needs to improve on this or risk wasting his chance in the team

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Tottenham Hotspur fans have been able to watch a new keeper between the sticks over the past month, with Paulo Gazzaniga replacing Hugo Lloris in the starting XI.

This comes after the France and Spurs captain, Lloris, suffered a dislocated elbow in the match against Brighton while attempting to catch the ball.

Lloris has been ruled out until the new year, giving Gazzaniga a chance to impress the Spurs fans and now the new Tottenham gaffer too.

So far, the Argentine has been pretty impressive in goal, rarely making a mistake and pulling off some fantastic saves.

I would say that his shot-stopping ability and reflexes are superb, as are his vocal skills, barking at his defence to get his own message across.

However, there is one aspect of Gazza’s game that I feel lets him down, and that’s his aerial ability and decision making.

Despite being a big and strong lad, Gazzaniga seems to show a lot of doubt when coming off his line to catch the ball, or punch it clear.

This often leaves him stuck in no-man’s-land, or arriving late on the scene and flapping at the ball.

He has all the attributes to be able to come out and make the ball his when he needs to, but he needs to build up the confidence and the knowledge of when to come off his line and when to stay put.

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