Paul Robinson has tipped Paulo Gazzaniga to leave Tottenham in January or at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former White Hart Lane shot-stopper suspects that the “top” 28-year-old goalkeeper had “his head turned” in the summer.
The Argentine has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs following the summer signing of 75-times England international Joe Hart on a free transfer.
Gazzaniga is yet to make an appearance in all competitions this term despite proving to be a reliable deputy for Huge Lloris last season.
Robinson suggested that the Argentina international had planned to exit the London club in the summer.
“I think he thought he was gone,” he told Football Insider.
“I suspect something was lined up and he thought he was leaving and that is why Jose Mourinho brought in Joe Hart.
“It looked like Gazzaniga thought he was leaving Spurs in the summer. There’s been talk of Aston Villa and Liverpool, teams looking for backups. I think his head was turned and in his mind he may have thought he was gone.
“I could see him leaving in January. He will not want to sit there as number three because he even had a taste of being number one while Huge was out.
“As a player, if you get a taste of first team action you are not going to want to come out of the team let alone the squad completely.
“I suspect that he thought he was on the move in the summer and for whatever reason that did not materialise.
“We will see Gazzaniga move on in January or the end of the season. He is not a number three goalkeeper, he is a top goalkeeper.”
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