Tottenham’s enigmatic Brazilian stopper Heurelho Gomes could finally be on his way out of White Hart Lane, with Championship side Leeds keen to tie up a short-term deal for the former international. Gomes joined the North Londoners from PSV back n 2008 in a deal worth a reported £7.8m, but has since struggled to ever establish himself fully.
For many that have watched the Brazilian this is no great surprise; Gomes is a man able to pull off the sublime, only to tarnish himself with the damn right farcical. Painful flashbacks of goalkeeping howlers against Fulham and Inter Milan are punctuated by world class performances such as his dazzling display in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal which helped the Lilywhites into the Champions League.
At Spurs few have any great qualms with Heurelho Gomes, he seems a nice enough bloke and one that had he showed any real consistency could have been a Spurs legend. Yet the club have moved on and Hugo Lloris is now the established number 1, with the likes of Friedel and Archer proving to be adequate understudies.
So what of Gomes? For those familiar with the ins and outs of Tottenham Hotspur, you will be quick to note that the Brazilian has fast become the face of Spurs’ charitable side and all round training ground good guy. The sight of Gomes larking around Hotspur Way is a pleasant one, but for someone like Daniel Levy it has to be viewed as a bit of a waste.
Having just turned 33 Gomes still has a lot to offer, and it is a little bizarre that he hasn’t made a permanent switch up until now. Levy appears intent on loaning his fourth choice stopper, with Hoffenheim the destination last year and Leeds potentially this season.
As strange as it may sound, Gomes still has an outside chance of making the World Cup this year. For all the Brazilian talent on offer, their pool of keepers is relatively small and with a decent few months behind him the 11-time international could find himself back in the reckoning. For Gomes a move to Leeds United could represent his last real opportunity of salvaging something from a career that has up until now never really reached the heights it should have done.
Given the state of crisis that so often surrounds Leeds United, you would think a bit of experience at the back would go down nicely. The likes of Paddy Kenny and Jamie Ashdown don’t quite seem cut out for the rigours of a Premier League shootout, and for Leeds this signing could help bolster their bid to return to the top flight.
It is easy to write Gomes off as a bit of a clown, when in reality he is still a world-class stopper. He was never going to recover after the early setbacks at Spurs, and a fresh start could be what is needed to turn his fortunes around once more. Levy’s reluctance to sell was perhaps the only reason a permanent move to Hoffenheim didn’t become a reality, because his spell there was impressive to say the least.
This deal makes a lot of sense for everyone concerned. For Spurs it means getting the burden of the players wages off their books for a few months at least, with the potential for a permanent deal in the summer. For the player himself, another opportunity to make a new start and the potential for a final crack at making the World Cup, and all this at a club with a reputation to rival any.
If Leeds United can recapture the form that made Gomes such an asset at PSV they will be onto an absolute winner here.
Could the Brazilian help fire Leeds back to the Premier League? Only time will tell.