Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team reach the last four of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium having beaten Wolves and West Ham to reach the quarter-finals, with the Gunners standing between them a first semi-final berth since 2014. And Spurs produced an excellent display to ease past Unai Emery’s side 2-0 on Wednesday night, with goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli booking their place in the last four, and indeed a meeting with Chelsea in the New Year.
Thus, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, with several likely praising the efforts of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for making two key saves in the first half on Wednesday to thwart Emery’s Gunners.
And it was manager Pochettino who lured the 26-year-old to North London back in the summer of 2017 for just £2.5 million (as per Transfer League), and given he has usurped Michel Vorm in the goalkeeping ranks and has indeed become a fan favourite at Spurs, it’s a shrewd Tottenham deal proving to be yet another Pochettino masterstroke.
Ultimately, the 46-year-old has done very little wrong since taking over at Spurs back in 2014, with the Argentine helping transform the club into one of the best in the country in recent times through a combination of excellent management, outstanding coaching, and several shrewd transfer acquisitions.
The likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and Davinson Sanchez, to name but a few, have all made their way to the North London club during the Argentine’s tenure and have since become hugely integral parts of his team – clearly, he has pulled off many masterstrokes down the years.
And while the addition of 26-year-old Gazzaniga wasn’t one that generated too much excitement among Spurs fans, it is one that is growing in importance by the day given just how well he has deputised for the club in recent times.
The one-time Argentina international may have only featured seven times for Tottenham following his move from Southampton back in 2017, but he has certainly proven his worth in that time to move above Dutchman Vorm in the goalkeeping pecking order.
He may have only appeared once in all competitions last term, but the shot-stopper has certainly delivered the goods this time round in starting each of their three Carabao Cup matches, as well as two Premier League games and their Champions League victory over PSV Eindhoven.
And in making two crucial saves to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then Aaron Ramsey, the first with the scores level and the second just before half time with Spurs leading 1-0, Gazzaniga is proving to be the reliable deputy every club in the country needs – ultimately, his form looks set to play a key role in whether or not Spurs go on to win the Carabao Cup this term.
Yes, it may have been a deal that fell under the radar last year, but Spurs are slowly but surely beginning to reap the rewards from Pochettino’s shrewd call to lure the 26-year-old to North London – and for just £2.5 million, it is looking like yet another masterstroke from the Tottenham manager.
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