Danny Mills has suggested Mauricio Pochettino may not trust Alfie Whiteman to deputise for Paulo Gazzaniga in between the Tottenham Hotspur sticks following Hugo Lloris’ injury.
Speaking to Football Insider, the pundit explained that he felt the decision to re-sign Michel Vorm on a short-term deal to provide additional cover was a clear sign that the manager did not have full confidence in the youngster.
“If they were good enough, it wouldn’t be an issue but Pochettino clearly thinks they’re not good enough or quite ready yet,” he said.
“You’ve got your first-choice keeper who is now out for a significant length of time, what happens if something happened to Gazzaniga? Are you going to play for a kid who’s had no experience for the next six months? That’s a big, big gamble. Absolutely huge.
“You need some experience in that position. You cannot go into the next six months, however long it’s going to be, with a goalkeeper and a young kid who could be playing Champions League football.”
Indeed, it would be rather difficult to argue against what Mills has suggested, especially considering the club have been leaking goals aplenty in recent matches.
Spurs have managed to keep just one clean sheet all season (TransferMarkt) and have conceded a total of 20 goals across all competitions so far after 11 matches. With that sort of record, a reliable, or perhaps in Vorm’s case, an experienced shot-stopper could help to turn things around.
Whilst there have been encouraging signs in the past that Whiteman may have a promising future at some point, there could be an argument that now is not the time for the 21-year-old to be trusted should he need to be.
The youngster has yet to make his first-team debut for Spurs, let alone play in the Champions League, although he has been on the bench on six occasions for Pochettino’s side (TransferMarkt).
As alluded to, Vorm may not be the most reliable ‘keeper, as he conceded seven goals in four appearances last season, but it does beg the question as to why they let him go in the summer if they were not fully confident in Whiteman’s ability.
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