£5m swoop could be set to save the day for Harry at Spurs

Football FanCast guest columnist Jez Phillips feels
that Huerelho Gomes is becoming a liability at Spurs and thinks that Harry
should move for Ben Foster to bring some much needed stability and assurance to
the backline.

Steve Bruce was once asked the question as to what is the main secret to
their success in the 90s at United and they pointed the finger solely at having
Peter Schmeichel behind them. He was dead right as the ‘Great Dane' was an absolute colossus, a real leader at the back
and his presence took all the pressure off the defence, knowing he was always
there to mop up mistakes.

Top class keepers are few and far between and if you find one, keep them,
because they are just as important as a 30 goal a season 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 starting to have my
doubts 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 in the backline. The
defence are in sixes and sevens and the amount of times in the past week he has
bundled into the likes of Woodgate, King, and Corluka, subsequently missing the
ball completely – it is a liability we can do without and unless the
goalkeeping coach can instruct some discipline into him, then surely Redknapp
will have no option but to look elsewhere.

Everyone has pop at our backline and is seemingly the root of all our
problems in the last few seasons. In all honesty I have a huge amount of
sympathy for our back four as over the years they have never had any protection
in front of them or any leadership or communication behind them. The very fact
that the likes of Corluka got poleaxe three times against Stoke just shows that
there clearly is no vocabulary between Gomes and the defence and I believe that
is why we continually look so vulnerable at set pieces and when crosses get
whipped in. I often wonder if the Croat was expecting the Brazilian to come and
take van Persie's free kick when he let Gallas come in for their second goal; I
bet he was shocked as everyone was to see Gomes actually on his line.

So am I being too quick to write off Gomes, or do you agree that he is a
liability we can do without. I personally have been buoyed by the noises coming
out of Ben Foster's agent in the Manchester
Evening News
that the player would jump at the chance of first team
football if given the opportunity. Foster is currently third choice at United
and with van der Sar still deliberating over whether to carry on next season
and Tomas Kuszczak clearly No.2; the man touted "the best keeper in the country" by Spurs Legend Keith Burkinshaw
clearly needs to move away from Old Trafford to salvage his career. I feel we
should certainly try and tempt United with a £5m bid in January and hope that
the player's clear desire to play first team football will pave the way for
such a deal.