Player Watch: Paulo Gazzaniga

Spurslove

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The answer to the first three questions in the opening post is a resounding YES with bells on. This lad has everything a young goalie needs. Great positional sense and timing, excellent shot stopping and first class distribution skills. I believe he is our future first choice goalie without a shadow of doubt. It's also very important to note that as a young goalie, he is learning his craft and will continue to improve his game as he develops. With a bit of luck, we could have a real world class goalie emerging in our midst.

For my own point of view, he's a far better option than Vorm who seems to have problems when he needs to come out for a ball. He's not confident with that aspect of his game. With young Gazza, he'll learn when to come for a ball and when to stay back. This is one of the most crucial skills a young goalie must learn. All I'll say is I feel a lot more comfortable with Gazza in goal than I do with Vorm.

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Whilst impressed with him, he strikes me as a lucky goalkeeper thus far. Everything going his way sort of thing.

He has some great attributes, some of which are better than Hugo's. He's taller than him which is a plus already, he plays football better than Hugo can and so far he's been very good.

He looks a little dodgy at crosses and seems unwilling to rush off his line, even when it's glaringly obvious he ought to.

What I think this debate over who's better shows is that Hugo's level has dropped somewhat over the last 18 months.
 

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Whilst impressed with him, he strikes me as a lucky goalkeeper thus far. Everything going his way sort of thing.

He has some great attributes, some of which are better than Hugo's. He's taller than him which is a plus already, he plays football better than Hugo can and so far he's been very good.

He looks a little dodgy at crosses and seems unwilling to rush off his line, even when it's glaringly obvious he ought to.

What I think this debate over who's better shows is that Hugo's level has dropped somewhat over the last 18 months.
Watching how my own lad has developed in just a few months, that sort of confidence comes from playing games regularly. He has to get used to the line the defenders in front of him play, along with what their natural movements and reactions are.
 

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Watching how my own lad has developed in just a few months, that sort of confidence comes from playing games regularly. He has to get used to the line the defenders in front of him play, along with what their natural movements and reactions are.
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His kicking and distribution is hypnotising. It gained him an honourable mention in "The Nowhere Men" by Michael Calvin.

This is when he was at Gillingham U21s

Was an early post in the thread, but something I've really noticed as a strong point, especially compared to Hugo. Check the mans kicking people. (y)
 

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Watching how my own lad has developed in just a few months, that sort of confidence comes from playing games regularly. He has to get used to the line the defenders in front of him play, along with what their natural movements and reactions are.

We just need to remember that in goalkeeping terms, he's still very young and hopefully, learning FAST.

I just want to say, one of the worst young goalies I ever saw was an 18 year old we got from Watford many years ago and those of us of a certain age will know exactly who I'm talking about. By the time he ended his career having won 119 international caps and hundreds of games for Tottenham (and another club we don't talk about...) he was the best goalkeeper I ever saw and I still love the guy.

Paolo is our future and I'm sure we'll give him every opportunity to fulfil his full potential. The more he plays, the better he'll get.

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We just need to remember that in goalkeeping terms, he's still very young and hopefully, learning FAST.

I just want to say, one of the worst young goalies I ever saw was an 18 year old we got from Watford many years ago and those of us of a certain age will know exactly who I'm talking about. By the time he ended his career having won 119 international caps and hundreds of games for Tottenham (and another club we don't talk about...) he was the best goalkeeper I ever saw and I still love the guy.

Paolo is our future and I'm sure we'll give him every opportunity to fulfil his full potential. The more he plays, the better he'll get.

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Pat Jennings changed goalkeeping with his style of stopping the ball with any part of his body as long as it didn’t go in the net. Our best ever goalie.
 

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We just need to remember that in goalkeeping terms, he's still very young and hopefully, learning FAST.

I just want to say, one of the worst young goalies I ever saw was an 18 year old we got from Watford many years ago and those of us of a certain age will know exactly who I'm talking about. By the time he ended his career having won 119 international caps and hundreds of games for Tottenham (and another club we don't talk about...) he was the best goalkeeper I ever saw and I still love the guy.

Paolo is our future and I'm sure we'll give him every opportunity to fulfil his full potential. The more he plays, the better he'll get.

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27 is "very young" for a goalkeeper?

By the time Hugo is done with us he'll probably be 30 . V Good number 2 but I think we need a promising keeper who is actually young to be the future
 

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27 is "very young" for a goalkeeper?

By the time Hugo is done with us he'll probably be 30 . V Good number 2 but I think we need a promising keeper who is actually young to be the future
Why?

If Gazzaniga is good enough if/when Hugo Lloris hangs up his boots or leave Spurs, why shouldn't we play him? Don't see why we have to have a young promising keeper to take over from Hugo, if we have a good enough #2 to take over.

Friedel was a brilliant GK for us when he came in as was Kasey Keller.

Whether Gazzaniga is consistent and good enough is another question. I can't say I've seen enough of him to know really, but from I have seen of him at Spurs, he's been a great option to have and I feel more confident with him in goal than I did with Vorm.
 
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