JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: Heurelho Gomes of Tottenham in action during the 2011 Vodacom Challenge final match between Orlando Pirates and Tottenham Hotspur at Coca Cola Stadium on July 23, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Roosevelts talked about this in today's Hoddle of Coffee, but I think it deserved its own post.
Heurelho Gomes was frozen out at Tottenham Hotspur last season, with Harry Redknapp apparently unwilling to take the bad (lots of hilarious errors) with the good (lots of mind-blowing saves) anymore. Brad Friedel had a very good season, keeping mental errors to a minimum, but he's yet another year older and he's certainly not Tottenham's long-term goalkeeper solution. Everyone has assumed Gomes would be sold eventually, but he thinks he might be back in the fold.
That's right, Gomes believes that Redknapp's departure means that he'll have a chance to win over a new manager and that he's been given new life at Spurs. And, unless something has been badly lost in translation from Portuguese, he thinks he's going to have a very good year as a Tottenham goalkeeper.
"It was a very hard season, I was desperate to leave. Now things have changed as the manager left last week ... I want to return to the national team but I have to play first. Once I'm playing again, my focus will be on returning to the national team. I know how good it is to be there. Of course, they are rejuvenating the national team, but I'm only 31, which is a good age. I'll do very well this season."
What do you guys think? Are you willing to give Gomes another shot, or is he done in your eyes? Do you think that Andre Villas-Boas, Laurent Blanc, Roberto Martinez or whoever takes the Tottenham job will give him that shot? Vote away.
Can Gomes win back his place at Tottenham?
Yes (120 votes)
No (126 votes)
Bacon sandwiches (90 votes)
336 total votes