The Watford goalkeeper certainly had a dramatic career while he was at Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Spurs midfielder Sandro has been discussing his time at White Hart Lane recently, in an interview with Youtuber Alessandro Schiavone, and he came up with some interesting choices when asked to name the best players he played with at the club.
It’s no surprise to see current Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric mentioned, but when pressed for a third name, the QPR man struggled to decide between two players, before finally plumping for a surprise choice.
“Bale, Modric… and there were a lot of good players,” Sandro is quoted as saying on Schiavone’s channel. “Defoe or Gomes – he was amazing at times.
“Gomes is incredible especially when you need him, he’s there. He is doing an amazing job for Watford and against Milan [in the Champions League tie in 2011] he was amazing.”
It’s not a surprise that Sandro has such a high opinion of his fellow Brazilian, being a firm friend of the goalkeeper.
And though many Spurs fans might raise their eyebrows at the mention of the Watford star’s name, given the number of gaffes that cost the club in important matches, there can be no doubting the 35-year-old’s contribution in the season Tottenham finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League.
Gomes was especially sensational in crunch matches against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City that year, making some truly outstanding saves. Likewise, in the tie Sandro mentioned against Milan the year after, the former PSV star helped the club qualify for the quarter finals.
Gomes’s time at White Hart Lane will probably be remembered for the errors in matches with Real Madrid and Chelsea, and his final few years that saw scarce appearances, but even the likes of Bale had their off-days early in his Spurs career.
Bale and Modric both left Tottenham at the peak of their performances at the club, and though no supporters would argue the Brazilian was as impressive a player as the Real Madrid duo, there were certainly a number of times when he won the club points on account of his heroics, even if he was unable to cut out the mistakes during his Spurs career.
It is Watford who are now benefitting from his match saving antics, and he certainly played a part in both the Hornets’ promotion campaign and also their Premier League survival last season.
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