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Spurs' backup keeper the forgotten man in goalkeeping merry-go-round

Michel Vorm was firmly entrenched as the backup goalkeeper on N17. Will it be status quo, or a new era in September?

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Cartilage Free Captain is reviewing each of Spurs' first team players and evaluating their season. The series continues today with Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Michel Vorm

Goals conceded: 15
Clean sheets: 4
Minutes played: 1,257

What went right?

Michel Vorm provided competent goalkeeping in the League Cup and Premier League, either to give Hugo Lloris a breather, or to allow him to recover from a certain right back inflicted gash wound. He kept a clean sheet in nearly one third of the matches he started and occasionally showed the shot stopping ability that made him a respected member of Swansea's first team for years. He was a big part of the run to the League Cup final even though he lost his place on the day of the final to Lloris.

What went wrong?

Note that I did not say Michel Vorm played competently in the FA Cup. He let a howler pass for the winning goal that probably haunted his dreams for a few nights after. To be fair, he made a string of big time saves in the match to keep Spurs in it, but major keeper errors always stick in the memory.

After that debacle, he was a bit nervy against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, failing to convince while collecting crosses. He pulled it together enough that his dip in form did not become catastrophe, however.

What now?

Here is to hoping he is still a trusted backup next year. While perfectly happy with him in that role, few Spurs supporters want to see him between the sticks as the number one come September. Much of this is still to be sorted as the transfer sagas of David De Gea and Petr Cech are major factors in the Hugo situation.

Sit tight, and see where the chips fall.

Grade: 3 Chirpys