Alan Hutton has been left drooling over the performances of Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and claims that the shot-stopper is giving manager Mauricio Pochettino a headache when it comes to his options between the sticks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland full-back says that the Argentine keeper has performed exceptionally since stepping into the side, Hugo Lloris currently out of action with an elbow injury.
Gazzaniga has now played in the last four games across all competitions since replacing the French international, including in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Hutton was left raving over the 27-year-old’s performance against the Premier League leaders on Sunday and says that his performances are going to give Pochettino a difficult decision to make when Lloris does eventually come back from his injury layoff.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He was brilliant, arguably give him man of the match – definitely on the Tottenham side. He’s come in a little bit out of the cold with Lloris’ injury and he’s really grabbed it.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, Lloris was having a bit of a tough spell himself. For him (Gazzaniga) to come in and put in the displays that he has, he’s really claiming for the number one spot.
“For Gazzaniga to come in and play so well, so quickly, I think he’s only going to grow in confidence. Hopefully he can keep his form up, obviously, I want them to see them doing well so I want him to play well. If he keeps his form up I can’t see how he can be dropped at the turn of the year.”
Having arrived as the backup option to Lloris from Southampton, Gazzaniga has managed to play just 18 times for Spurs across all competitions, the 6ft 4in [Transfermarkt] colossus with 29 Premier League games of experience under his belt.
Tottenham have also brought Michel Vorm back to the club after Lloris’ injury, the Dutchman out of contract after leaving north London in the summer.
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