By Russell Edge
Tottenham fans have turned to social media to argue over Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in their clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Spurs revealed their starting line up against the Eagles via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that the Argentine manage had made five changes from the side which swept aside Real Madrid 3-1 in midweek.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2017
Injured trio Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli, as well as Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies, are all replaced by Gazzaniga, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko, Serge Aurier and Heung-min Son.
In the raft of changes, it was the inclusion of the 25-year-old shot stopper, who has firmly been the club’s third choice between the sticks, who caught the attention of the Tottenham faithful, with Lloris’ understudy Michel Vorm also out injured.
The fans took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the 25-year-old’s inclusion, with it appearing a divisive decision judging from the reaction.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
— ???????? (@Aldertonghen_) November 5, 2017
Lloris, not good enough, Vorm, not good enough, Gazzaniga, not good enough, we've to get a top class GK this summer. #THFC
— Meia-atacante (@MeiaAtacanteEN) November 5, 2017
So Dier drops into the back 3, Winks & Sissoko take the CM and rest as your would expect…
Surprised at Gazzaniga getting in ahead of Vorm
— Sevilla_Spurs (@Sevilla_Spurs) November 5, 2017
i'm hoping Gazzaniga turns into Buffon for our sake
— Jaskaran (@Jaskaran2511) November 5, 2017
In seriousness, glad that Gazzaniga is getting a chance to overtake Vorm.
— Nick Reilly (@NickJWReilly) November 5, 2017
Gazzaniga masterclass today.
— W i l l (@WillCoys) November 5, 2017
IN GAZZANIGA WE TRUST ????
— Ansen (@ClassyAnsen) November 5, 2017
The Argentine goalkeeper was a summer signing from fellow Premier League side Southampton, and his appearance against the Eagles will be his first competitive appearance for the club, having twice appeared on the bench in Spurs’ League Cup matches.
He has 21 top flight appearances to his name picked up during his time at the Saints.