LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07: Heurelho Gomes of Spurs reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool at White Hart Lane on May 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
This Worst XI thing is much more difficult than I anticipated. Granted, we've started off with the two positions (if you consider manager a position) that the Tottenham Hotspur has had the most consistency at over the last decade. It hasn't necessarily been consistently good, but the people there have been there for long stretches.
Tottenham have had a number of different back-up goalkeepers, but the only ones that have seen a decent amount of playing time to even be considered for this list are Radek Cerny and Carlo Cudicini and I don't think either of them played that poorly in their limited roles.
If this Worst XI reached only a little farther back I could have called on the likes of Ian Walker, Espen Baardsen, and Frode Grodås. That certainly would have made my life easier. Instead we're left with a list that, when I look at it anyway, doesn't really inspire too many strong feelings of disgust.
Seriously this is a short list, but if you feel like I've unjustly forgotten someone, please, let me know and I'll be more than happy to adjust the list.: The American got some votes for best goalkeeper, but let's be honest here, he wasn't all that great. Sure he was a good shotstopper, but he rarely left his line and had little to no command of the area. Also, there was, of course, his maddening refusal to ever catch the ball. What kind of goalkeeper does that?
Heurelho Gomes: I have many of the same critiques of Gomes as I did of Kasey Keller. I'd provide links to his errors again, but at this point we all know them pretty well. Gomes is an amazing shotstopper, perhaps the best in the league. He has incredible reflexes and makes the difficult saves look easy. He does, however, suffer lapses in concentration and his catching skills leave something to be desired.
Sunderland in 2007. Of those three appearances two came against Burnley and he conceded a total of 7 goals in those games. He's also failed to truly establish himself any any of his loan moves. All in all he's pretty shit. Unfortunately, I suppose I can't include his sex tape scandal mostly because that happened while he was still on Sunderland's books.: I feel bad lumping this poor kid (well, he's 24, not really a kid) in here with Keller and Gomes. He's made only three appearances for Spurs since joining from
Paul Robinson: Initially not included on this list mostly because he's in our Best XI, but let it not be said that I would not bend to the will of the people. Here he is. As mentioned in the Best XI Robbo's form fell of following his howler in the England vs. Croatia match. Robinson was never really the same in his final season. He did help Spurs to the League Cup, but back-up Radek Cerny played a significant number of games over the later portion of the season.It seems silly that he could both be the best and worst Spurs goalkeeper of the past decade, but that really was the story of Robinson (and Gomes too, now that I mention it). Moments of sheer brilliance followed by moments of WTF!