Should Tottenham interest in Almeria goalkeeper Julian Cuesta be taken seriously?

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Almería 'keeper Julian Cuesta is reportedly being monitored by Tottenham, but is he ready for a switch from La Liga to the Premier League?

A recent report by Marca linked Tottenham Hotspur with a somewhat surprising interest in Almeria goalkeeper, Julian Cuesta.

The strengths of the 24-year-old were clearly highlighted, most obviously his height - a lofty 6 feet 5 inches tall - being a great asset to his reach and aerial ability.

Also pointed out was his shot stopping, having produced comparable numbers of saves to Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, and Barcelona's Claudio Bravo, with fewer games played.

However, with a much weaker defence before him, it's inevitable Cuesta will be kept much busier between the posts with Almeria, as they battle to avoid relegation from La Liga.

Having worked his way through the youth system at Sevilla, Cuesta spent three seasons in their B team, although he made his single first-team appearance in a 3-0 victory against hometown club, Granada, during the 2012-13 campaign.

With no further opportunities possible with Sevilla, Cuesta moved on loan to Almeria in the January 2014 transfer window, but failed to make a single appearance for the remainder of the campaign.

That didn't dissuade Almeria from making his signing permanent last summer, but they also signed the more experienced Ruben Martinez, who immediately became their first choice.

Interestingly, were it not for an injury suffered by Ruben, it's likely that Cuesta would have spent much of this season sitting on the bench.

A shaky début against Real Betis in the Copa del Rey, was redeemed by a man of the match performance in his second outing, saving a penalty as Almeria beat Celta Vigo.

However, since then the performances of Cuesta have been inconsistent, during the 19 league and cup games he's played. For every good match played, there have also been poor ones, showing that he still needs a lot of work on his game.

Indeed, following a 1-4 home defeat suffered against Levante at the start of April, WhoScored gave him a dismal rating of just 4.7 out of 10. Since that loss, Cuesta has played one more game - a 4-0 defeat against Barcelona - before losing his place to the returning Ruben.

Unless the reported interest from Tottenham is simply to consider backup 'keeper options, Cuesta cannot seriously be considered as a replacement for Hugo Lloris, if the Frenchman opts to leave White Hart Lane this summer.

Cuesta is a goalkeeper with key strengths and plenty of potential, but he's not going to realise that, or gain much in terms of experience, by spending more time sat on the bench.

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