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Some Tottenham fans are wrong: Pochettino was right to start with Michel Vorm on Sunday

Some Tottenham fans are wrong: Pochettino was right to start with Michel Vorm on Sunday

Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side’s 100% start to the new Premier League season come to an end at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with Watford off the back of beating Newcastle United, Fulham, and Manchester United to begin the 2018/19 campaign, with their 3-0 success at the latter on Monday a particularly impressive result. Yet Spurs weren’t able to back that up despite taking the lead at Vicarage Road through an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal, with headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart sealing all three points for Javi Gracia’s Hornets.

Subsequently, there have been many despondent Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment that Michel Vorm got the nod over Paulo Gazzaniga in the starting eleven given the absence of Hugo Lloris.

Yet given the 34-year-old had a reasonably solid day at the office on Sunday, some Spurs fans are wrong to suggest that the 15-times Netherlands international didn’t deserve to get the nod.

Ultimately, the opportunity arose for one of Spurs’ two deputy goalkeepers following the injury sustained by World Cup winner Lloris during the week, with the Frenchman reportedly suffering from a thigh problem ahead of the trip to Hertfordshire.

And while many Spurs fans took to Twitter to express their hope that Gazzaniga would get the nod over Vorm, the fact that the latter has been the man on the bench during their first three Premier League games suggested that he was the club’s number two.

And so it proved given the 34-year-old was selected by Pochettino on Sunday, and while the Dutchman conceded twice at Vicarage Road, he could do little about either goal in what was an otherwise quiet afternoon.

Yes, he did manage to send a goal kick out of play for a corner, but otherwise Vorm did little wrong and was helpless about the two headed goals from messrs Deeney and Cathcart, with Spurs’ defensive unit needed to be looked at as opposed to the Dutchman.

Thus, while Gazzaniga appears to be a favourite of the Spurs supporters, his inclusion would have likely had no bearing on the overall result, given Vorm didn’t do a lot wrong over the course of the 90 minutes on Sunday.

As such, some Spurs fans are wrong to express their displeasure at the 34-year-old starting against the Hornets.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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