Noel Whelan has ripped into Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for the role he played in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry City striker says the shot-stopper made a dreadful error in clattering Marcus Alonso and conceding a penalty.

Referee Anthony Taylor had originally given a free-kick in favour of the Spurs keeper but VAR overturned his decision, Willian stepping up to net from the penalty spot.

Whelan was ruthless in his assessment of the Argentine, admitting he was baffled why the officials needed the video assistant referee to step in for what he deemed a blatant foul.

“The goalkeeper, what was he thinking?” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Absolutely horrendous decision to come out and completely miss the ball but smash the player. It had to go to VAR for a penalty, at least they got one right, of course it’s got to be right – it’s a stone-cold penalty.

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“It’s bordering on GBH! It was that bad.” 

Gazzaniga has been Tottenham’s first-choice keeper since Hugo Lloris’ serious injury blow earlier in the season, the Frenchman’s understudy playing 17 times across all competitions.

The 27-year-old has now featured more times during the 2019/20 campaign than he had in the previous two seasons combined, with a total of 29 appearances since joining from Southampton.

Tottenham’s next game sees them take on Brighton at home on Boxing Day before travelling to Norwich City for their final match of 2019.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has been left drooling over the club’s pursuit of an attacker who would fit right in at the club.