Paul Stewart admits he was left bewildered after Nuno Espirito Santo made Pierluigi Gollini his first signing since taking over as Tottenham Hotspur’s new head coach.
The Portuguese has made improving Spurs’ defensive record a priority after the club only qualified for the upcoming season’s Europa Conference League thanks to a poor record at the back.
But rather than bring in a central defender to beef up the backline, Nuno’s first acquisition was 26-year-old Atalanta goalkeeper Gollini on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy for £12.9million.
Gollini, who has experience in English football having made 20 Championship appearances while on the books of Aston Villa, will provide competition for first choice shot-stopper Hugo Lloris.
Stewart believes Nuno has failed to get his priorities right.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, the former Spurs man said: “It bewilders me because it’s another position where we didn’t really need anyone.
“I know it’s competition but we need a defence that can stop leaking goals. That would be what I’d be concentrating on more than a goalkeeper.
“He must be happy to play second fiddle but I wouldn’t want to move from another club and sit on the bench.”