Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson has suggested that second choice shot-stopper Paulo Gazzaniga could look for a move away from north London after the club signed Joe Hart on a free transfer.
Gazzaniga, who played his fair share of matches last season following Hugo Lloris’ elbow injury, filling in for the Frenchman and playing 18 Premier League games in total, managed to impress in flashes during his time in-between the sticks.
The Argentine, at one point, was just behind Liverpool keeper Alisson and Leicester City hero Kasper Schmeichel in terms of his saves vs shots ratio – which stood at 77% compared to their 78%.
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However, according to Transfermarkt, the 6ft 5 stalwart could only keep two clean sheets throughout his spell playing regularly in the top flight – shipping 26 goals against in that time.
While those numbers could come down to a plethora of factors, the signing of Hart on a free transfer may threaten Gazzaniga’s place in the roster, and Robinson has now tipped the 28-year-old to leave as a result.
“His [Hart’s] experience around the dressing room and on the training ground will be vital. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Gazzaniga moving on,” explained the former Tottenham man to FI.
“I think it’s a really good move for both. It’s not a signing that’s going to excite Spurs fans, but you can see the functionality behind it, and also it’s another Englishman in the squad, which I think was a big part of it. It’s a sensible deal.”
Indeed, once earning the praise of ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino, who called him ‘fantastic‘, it’s been a mixed few seasons since putting pen-to-paper on a deal from Southampton back in 2017.
Hailed as a ‘talent’ back in his Gillingham days, former teammate Charlie Lee also called him the best keeper outside the top flight, and since then it has been a brilliant rise for the one-cap international.
Whether or not he does opt to leave the Tottenham Hotspur stadium remains to be seen, but it could be interesting to see if Hart and Gazzaniga decide to battle it out for the number two place.
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