After being left out in the cold for so long, why is the Brazilian still on Tottenham's payroll?
Heurelho Gomes has had a rather interesting spell in North London. Signed by Juande Ramos in 2008 from PSV Eindhoven, he was a permanent fixture between the sticks, even when Harry Redknapp was brought in to replace the Spaniard who had picked up just two points from his opening eight games of the 2008/09 season.
His first two seasons were well documented for good performances with the odd fumble but the end of the 2010/11 season was the beginning of his downfall. Numerous mistakes in games on the biggest stage such as the Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid and controversial 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge led to him being replaced by Brad Friedel the following season, with the Brazilian being demoted to the bench and playing Europa League group games.
So why is he still at White Hart Lane even when Friedel is now number two to French international Hugo Lloris?
He moved to Germany on loan in January this year, playing nine games for Hoffenheim and only conceding nine goals but it makes no sense as to why he is back as third choice for Andre Villas-Boas' side.
In an interview with Sambafoot, the keeper said "I've often tried to leave Tottenham, but they've always kept from me going. I had several proposals but insufficient for the club. They want to recover the €10 million they invested in me 5 years ago. It is not possible. I am ready to go to Germany. Hoffenheim wanted to buy me permanently but Tottenham blocked the move for financial questions. I always tried to leave, but Tottenham has never helped me.”
He has a point. It isn't possible to recoup the money they spent on him in the first place so they should let him go and save money on wages. It's not like nobody wants him. He also said in the interview that there are two clubs in his home country that want to sign him. It's been a nightmare couple of years but if Spurs see sense and let him leave, then he has a chance of ending the season by representing his country in their home World Cup.
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