£8m risk that Spurs boss should no longer contemplate

Football
FanCast columnist
Matt Wright feels that Heurelho Gomes has become a
liability and a risk that Harry Redknapp can no longer take.

Top class keepers are few and far between and if you find one,
keep them, because they are just as important as a top striker. Unfortunately
we haven't really be blessed with one since the days of Clemence and
subsequently we have had to endure an array of inconsistent keepers that
continually fail to install any confidence or belief in our defence – I had hoped
Gomes was to finally prove the long term answer, but to say I am losing
patience is something of an understatement.

I don't want to be too unkind to the
Brazilian, because he does possess good attributes like shot stopping, but the
kamikaze way he tries to gather crosses and set pieces is causing complete and
utter disarray. If the recent balls up against Udinese, Arsenal and Liverpool
wasn't bad enough, then today's spill was even worse and the time must surely
have come for Harry Redknapp to concede that enough is enough and install Cesar
as No.1.

In all honesty I was surprise that Redknapp
played Gomes, after his debacle in midweek and equally shocked that he didn't
replace him at half time today. The problem with a goalkeeper is that there is
no hiding place and when your keeper's confidence is shot to pieces – it does
little but unsettle the back four, not to mention lift the opposition to try
their luck at set pieces. For weeks Gomes has got away with it, as results have
gone in our favour, but now we have suffered a defeat the enormity of his
howlers starts to surface. The Brazilian has become a liability and a risk that
Harry should no longer take.

Harry is a shrewd football manager and he has
been round the game long enough, I hope, to realise that you cannot persist
with a keeper in the hope they turn it around. We did it with Paul Robinson
last season and it only went to exasperate the situation and went to drain his
confidence even further. It's time to put Gomes and the Spurs backline out of
their misery and give the experienced Cesar his chance to shine – let's be
honest, he can't be any worse.

So am I being too quick to write off Gomes,
or do you agree that he is a liability we can do without?