Football FanCast columnist ‘The New Voice of Football’ cannot understand why the media continues to point the finger of blame at Heurelho Gomes and link the club with David James.
Apparently Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is to show evidence of mistakes made by Heurelho Gomes in the Arsenal game to push forward his claims to sign David James from former club Portsmouth in January, according to certain enlightened sections of our beloved media.
So can we also understand based on Saturday’s performance by Spurs, that Harry will be producing evidence of mistakes made by Ledley King, Wilson Palacios, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, David Bentley and anyone else, who didn’t turn up at the Emirates at the weekend in a bid to bring an entirely new team into White Hart Lane? Hardly, however, the press needs a scapegoat for the Gunners debacle, and ‘The Octopus’ is on the menu in some quarters, which is harsh to say the least.
The North London derby was a painful experience for me. I watched all bar the last five minutes or so, when the fear of more humiliation became too much and I had to walk away, my weekend already in tatters. Left to reflect on some novelty defending by Tottenham and a second half performance, which was utterly woeful and this in a clash I had more than average expectations of before kick-off.
However, the defeat was not down to Gomes. Yes he and Ledley did get into a bit of a tizz for Arsenal’s third following the rest of the Spurs defence committing the cardinal sin of not playing to the whistle. Perhaps this is what Redknapp intends to show as his case to try and persuade Daniel Levy to lure a 39-year-old James away from Fratton Park in the winter? I sincerely doubt this as any deal for the England keeper makes no sense now and just smacks of the press picking out an easy target in the Brazilian for what was a very dire day collectively for Tottenham.
Firstly is James really better than Gomes? Who is to say the former Liverpool player would be any more comfortable than Heurelho behind a central defensive pairing that changes every week. He would also be 40 by the time the next Premier League season kicks-off and how much longer he will continue playing is a matter of concern. So not a buy for the long-term and more of a kneejerk reaction purchase, should he miraculously arrive in January.
If James was ever going to come to Tottenham, surely he would have arrived by now and certainly won’t be replacing Gomes in January, with just a season and a half or so left to run on his meter. After all Harry apparently seems to have first dibs on all Portsmouth players and would have factored the keeper into one of his one way away days from the South coast to North London. But it’s a much easier picture to paint, than Redknapp highlighting the comedy tackling by King and Palacios in a bid to oust them from White Hart Lane.
The fact is Spurs had a very bad day at the office and missed Defoe and Lennon badly, while the continued absence of Luka Modric also weakened Tottenham against a very good Arsenal side. Would the game have been different if any of them had played? Who knows, but for the media to speculate that Gomes will carry the can in favour of bringing an ageing and near retirement James from Pompey as a solution is ludicrous at best.