How the Heurelho Gomes legacy can help Tottenham Hotspur in 2013-14

While his future at the club may be dead and buried he certainly paved the way for one of his countryman's successful White Hart Lane careers.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro started the season in incredible form. The Brazilian was the stand-out performer for the club after a summer that saw him win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

He was filling in for the injured Scott Parker more than admirably and earning rave reviews for his performances at the heart of Andre Villas Boas’ midfield.

Then in January disaster struck when he ruptured knee ligaments against QPR that ruled him out for the rest of the season.

It was a time that the Brazilian international admitted was extremely difficult for him:

"I was in the best phase of my life as a player, so it was hard when I had the injury. Hopefully I'll be back playing with my club and then I can think about the national team. When I return I will be stronger."

The 24-year-old has already started to run on the injury but admits he sometimes pushes himself to hard and is told to slow down by the doctors but it is that sort of eager tenacity that makes him such a good player on the football pitch.

But he is also hoping to return to a side playing Champions League football which is looking like being an increasingly close run thing as those around them continue to outperform Andre Villas Boas’ barren squad.

Regardless Sandro seems happy at the club ahead of a return to action in the summer and hopefully recapturing the form that made him a dead certainty for the Brazil squad at the 2014 World Cup in his homeland.

But things could have been so different.

Sandro has admitted that when he first arrived at the club he had serious struggles settling in to a new country and culture; especially with the language.

Which is when he revealed the man who had got him through his early troubles;

“I struggled with the language when I moved to Spurs, but Heurelho Gomes helped me. Today the coach is Portuguese, which helps me a lot.’’

With Brazilian players having a reputation of going home through homesickness early into their continental careers the continued presence of Gomes at the club during the Redknapp era would have played a large part in the development and happiness of a young star in the making. With all due respect I can’t see Harry stringing out coherent sentences in Portuguese. He can barely do it in English.

So when Sandro does return and picks up where he left off for Spurs remember to think of the forgotten man currently fighting off relegation with Hoffenheim in Germany.

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