Worrying news for Spurs fans, especially with no real alternative to the current man between the sticks – at least not for another six weeks. It appears that opposition teams have cottoned on to the fact that Tottenham have a very obvious weak link in the team.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Fulham spent some time on the training ground discussing how they could take advantage of Heurelho Gomes’ frailties in the Tottenham goal, although surely their first goal wasn’t an example of the Cottagers putting pressure on the Brazilian? Nevertheless, Danny Murphy reveals that the keeper had been discussed at length ahead of the match.
“We did 20 minutes’ training specific to Gomes on Friday,” he said. “We changed our set-plays completely for the game. We nearly scored off two of them [corners]. We basically aimed to get corners with pace and under the bar.
“We had our two big men near him, [Brede] Hangeland standing near him. Konchesky was coming over from left back to do the inswinger, which we don’t usually do. Jimmy [Bullard] was putting them under the bar, which we don’t usually do. Usually, the nearer the keeper you put them, they come and grab them.”
Teams due to play Tottenham over the next few weeks will a) be pleased that they have a chance of facing Gomes before Redknapp replaces him quicker than you can say ‘dodgy keeper’, and b) be working out different ways of taking maximum advantage of Spurs’ perceived weakness. Do any White Hart ane regulars rate their Brazilian keeper, or was signing him Juande Ramos’ idea of a sick joke?