Heurelho Gomes discloses what Scott Parker used to tell him in Tottenham training when not playing

Heurelho Gomes

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes left Tottenham in the summer of 2014.

Gomes has been excellent for Watford after his struggles with Spurs, and he told the Daily Mail what the Tottenham players - and Scott Parker especially - used to tell him in training when he was outcast from the first-team.

Gomes said: “In training, the players would say, "It's unbelievable, what are you doing here, not playing?" Scott Parker would say it all the time, "You're too good to be in this situation”. I couldn't do much, but what I could do was try my best, and stay quiet. I never said anything about Tottenham when I was there. There were no excuses or complaints.”

Gomes first moved to Spurs in 2008, and for a time was extremely highly rated. An exceptional shot stopper, his real issues came with the lack of composure and concentration he sometime showed, which resulted in major errors - which usually cost goals, and points.

However, his overall record for Spurs is impressive, with 135 games only resulting in 149 goals conceded, and a solid return of 46 clean sheets.

Yet, his career at Spurs ended in rather poor form, with his last full season of playing time coming in the 2010/11 campaign. The following season saw him relegated from the first-team, making just three appearances in the entire year - one in the League Cup and three in the Europa League.

The season after that he headed on loan to Hoffenheim in Germany, and his last season resulted in no game time in any competition.

This was despite him being a top class goalkeeper, and Gomes has admitted that Scott Parker and the rest of the Spurs players used to ask him why he stayed at the club if he was not playing.

They believed he was still good enough for a Premier League side, and since linking up with the Hornets last summer, the Brazilian stopper has proven himself in the top flight once again.

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