Pochettino hints Tottenham fringe player will start against Crystal Palace
By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Michel Vorm will start for Tottenham against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that skipper Lloris will face up to four weeks on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring in their 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday.
The Londoners are reportedly working on a loan-to-buy deal for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez but Pochettino has said he has total faith in stand-in keeper Vorm ahead of the clash against Palace at White Hart Lane.
“It’s always difficult when your captain is off the pitch,” Pochettino said on Thursday, as quoted by the Mail. “We trust in Michel – he did well during pre-season.
“He played a lot of friendlies. He’s ready to compete. He has a lot of experience in the Premier League and internationals. I have no doubt about his quality.”
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Vorm, who made a £5million switch from Swansea to Spurs in 2014, believes that he must capitalise on the rare opportunity, as he explained his mind-set following Lloris’ injury.
“These are the moments that I have to be ready for and I don’t get fazed by it with the experience that I have,” Vorm told the official Tottenham official website.
“You always have to keep in mind that something might happen, it hasn’t in the last few seasons, it did here.
“It always strange when you have to come on in these circumstances, but if you can make an impact in a positive result then happy days.”
The Dutchman has seen his playing time reduced moving to Tottenham in 2014 to deputise for Lloris.
Vorm made only seven appearances in all competitions last term, including a sole appearance in the Premier League.
Vorm made 97 appearances for Swansea following his arrival into English football in 2011, but the 32-year-old now has the chance to make his mark more permanently for Pochettino’s side.
Vorm is set to take the gloves in fixtures against Palace and Liverpool at home, then an away trip to Stoke, followed by Sunderland at White Hart Lane, before rounding off September with a home fixture against Middlesbrough.
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