Third choice keeper Paulo Gazzaniga was the unlikely hero for Spurs on Sunday as they earned a narrow win over Crystal Palace at Wembley.
News that the Argentine, signed from Southampton in the summer, would play in the absence of Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm was greeted with trepidation by Spurs fans as Gazzaniga came with a reputation for making mistakes during his time with the Saints and while on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
I thought Vorm played really well last season, tonight was back to cup howlers. Haven't seen Gazzaniga but don't hear good things.
— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) October 25, 2017
Harry Kane is a better goalkeeper than Gazzaniga. Not even joking this time. The guy is laughably bad. 1-0 Palace incoming.
— JT (@JTAGIsBack) November 5, 2017
He also hadn’t played in the Premier League for quite a while.
687 – Paulo Gazzaniga is set to make his first PL appearance in 687 days, since playing for Southampton against Spurs on 19 Dec 2015. Wait.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 5, 2017
But Gazza ignored all the doubters to put in a man-of-the-match display as Tottenham squeezed past Palace 1-0 thanks to Son Heung-min’s 64th-minute curler.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was obviously happy with his compatriot’s debut.
Fans were also impressed.
Best Gazza performance Spurs have seen since 1991. #THFC
— Lewis Wiltshire (@LewisWiltshire) November 5, 2017
Apart from that moment where he came a little too slow/late off his line, Gazzaniga was pretty much faultless in that game. Superb debut.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) November 5, 2017
#thfc goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has been named man of the match.
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) November 5, 2017
How many more appearances does Paulo Gazzaniga need to qualify for a Premier League winner's medal?
— ??Bankrupt?? (@bankruptspurs) November 5, 2017
Paulo Gazzaniga has the best save success rate (100%) in the Premier League this season
— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) November 5, 2017
Do we build the statue for Gazzaniga now? Or when do we get on that? #COYS
— Ryan Houk (@Rybonator318) November 5, 2017
? Who's the best Gazza to play for Spurs? #TOTCRY
? RT – Paulo Gazzaniga
❤️ Like – Paul Gascoigne pic.twitter.com/NUdMNJ9ElT
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) November 5, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino really is a great coach, it seems!