Vorm to the Rescue
Just a few weeks after being released by the club, Dutch International goalkeeper Michel Vorm is back in North London. The 35 year old was signed on Tuesday in a deal that will see him remain at Spurs until the end of the 2019/20 season.
As a free agent, Vorm could be signed outside of the transfer window and the experienced stopper now steps in as emergency cover for the injured Hugo Lloris.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Vorm said:
For me it’s coming home. During the week I got the phone call and was open to coming back and helping out.
Whether the player will get any game time during his second spell at the club remains to be seen. Paulo Gazzaniga usurped his teammate as Spurs’ number two goalkeeper and if he remains free of injury himself, he is expected to deputise right through to the end of 2019.
With Tottenham eliminated from the EFL Cup, there is no secondary competition to provide cover for and surely Paulo will also be between the posts during the remaining Champions League Group games.
There is the potential for Michel Vorm to play in the FA Cup when Tottenham enter the competition in January. Hugo Lloris is pencilled in to return in the New Year but an early January 3rd round tie might just be too soon for the Frenchman.
The news saw a mixed response from Spurs fans on social media but it does seem to be a logical option. With Hugo out of the picture, the only back up to our second choice is the youngster Alfie Whiteman who has yet to make his first team debut for the club. With no EFL football on the horizon, there could have been the prospect of the reserve stopper making his debut in vital upcoming fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United or even Bayern Munich.
Vorm’s time at Spurs wasn’t exactly a spectacular one and the move from Swansea City seemed a strange option in the first place. He was first choice at the Welsh club but when he came to White Hart Lane in 2014, he was always going to be playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris.
In time, Michel was eventually relegated to the third option between the posts and he would finish his first stint at Spurs having made 47 appearances across five seasons. Perhaps some Tottenham fans will see his involvement in the Battle of Stamford Bridge as his most high-profile performance.
What we do have, however, is experienced cover between the posts until the end of the season and while opinions are mixed, we feel that the re-signing of Michel Vorm makes logical sense.