Time for Spurs star to wake up and smell the coffee

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders who Heurelho Gomes thinks he is kidding by suggesting that he is still Tottenham's best keeper as their season enters a vital phase.

Heurelho Gomes has said he expects to remain Tottenham's No 1 despite yet another blunder last week.

Gomes was at fault for the opening goal in the club's 2-0 defeat at Shaktar Donetsk when he came for a free-kick but failed to make a connection, but insists that he should still be Harry Redknapp's first choice keeper.

Spurs travel to Hull City tonight desperate to move away from the relegation zone but will have one eye on the UEFA Cup on Thursday and the Carling Cup final next weekend.

"I feel the club supports me and the chairman has told me I am his No 1," Gomes said, as reported in The Sun.

"I don't feel threatened by Carlo [Cudicini] because it is important for a club like Tottenham, with aspirations to challenge for honours, to have quality replacements for every position.

"I was signed to be the club's No 1 keeper and expect things to remain this way.

"Harry's support when I was having a bad time was fantastic, especially at a public level when everybody seemed to be having a go at me.

"I'm grateful to him for his trust but it wouldn't be enough without my commitment.

"He knows I am ready to work my socks off even when injured. There were times where the pain was incredible but I'd bite the bullet and play because the boss needed me.

"Of course, I have made mistakes that piled up in a way that never happened before in my career."

But surely Gomes must see that a big reason why the club are languishing in 16thplace is because of his errors earlier in the season?

 

And he must see that the reason Carlo Cudicini has replaced him in the Premier League is because he can not be trusted to deal with crosses, high balls, set-pieces, not to mention basic shot stopping?

 

To now come out and say he is still the club's Number 1 is laughable. Nobody wants to see a player fail but when it is obvious that he is responsible for his team's shortcomings then eyebrows will be raised.

 

Cudicini is set to be recalled for tonight's game at the KC Stadium but will be unavailable for next Sunday's Carling Cup final as he is Cup tied.

 

Gomes will be between the sticks at Wembley on that day and Spurs fans will be praying that he doesn't make the headlines for all the wrong reasons once more.

 

The writing is on the wall for his Spurs career, so what can Redknapp do to ensure the rest of the season is not a total write-off? If Cudicini is enough, it is unlikely that he is the long term solution.

 

It looks as if Redknapp will have his work cut out once more in the transfer market this summer.