Tottenham loanee Heurelho Gomes is having an eventful time of it in the Bundesliga. Here's the latest...
Brazilian shotstopper Heurelho Gomes is real mixed-bag of a goalkeeper. He makes stunning saves and jaw-dropping errors.
Eventually Tottenham got fed up with him and consigned him to the reserves, finally sending him out on loan to Hoffenheim in January.
The 34-year-old has made a big impression already, replacing club captain Tim Wiese in goal who had been dropped because of his own poor form.
There has as a result been extra attention on Gomes, and after helping Hoffenheim to a win on his debut, he has taken part in consecutive defeats.
And there's a common theme emerging; early goals.
In Gomes's three games for Hoffenheim, it goes like this;
First game: concede in the fourth minute. Second game: concede in the eighth minute. Third game: concede in the third minute.
Against Stuttgart at the weekend he came and flapped at a cross, leaving Martin Harnik with an empty goal to head into, and it was enough to win the game as Hoffenheim lost the home encounter 1-0.
Ahead of his weekend performance, Gomes admitted he was relieved to finally be playing again, and pleased with his form bearing in mind the last minute nature of the loan deal.
He told Goal Bundesliga: "Given the circumstances surrounding my move to Hoffenheim, I am quite satisfied with my performances. I didn't really have much time to think about it (the move) What helped was that I'd spoken to Gylfi Sigurdsson, a former Hoffenheim player at Tottenham, about the club before. The discussions with Hoffenheim’s representatives went well. They seemed to have faith in my ability."
His record is just four goals conceded in three games, and he will want Hoffenheim to keep the faith, but they are locked adrift in a relegation battle.
They in the relegation zone are 16th on 16 points, 10 below 15th placed Wolfsburg. They are just one point ahead of 17th placed Ausburg. But it matter who finishes 16th. The team which does gets a reprieve in a two-legged play-off against a team who has 'earned' promotion, for the right to play in the Bundesliga next season.
If Gomes can cut out conceding early goals, Hoffenheim will stand a far better chance of achieving just that.
Check out the goal Gomes conceded against Stuttgart below...