The first outgoing Tottenham Hotspur player move is now official. Spurs announced via social media that reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm has left the club after his contract expired.
This is not in any way, shape, or form a surprise. Vorm was expected to leave the club this summer after the club exercised a clause in his contract to extend his stay one further season during last summer’s transfer window. Most of us were surprised by that, as we expected him to leave last year.
Vorm, 35, has been with Spurs since 2014, entirely as a backup to Hugo Lloris. He previously was keeper at Swansea City where he made 89 appearances. This season, however, Vorm made only four starts for Spurs: two in the Champions League against Inter and PSV and two early in the Premier League season at Watford and vs. Liverpool (both losses). Vorm soon found himself behind both Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga, who leapfrogged him to the 2nd keeper position.
Vorm’s been a faithful servant to the club, even if he wasn’t the most exciting of keepers. Most critically, Tottenham’s Handsomeness Quotient (tm) will take a pretty severe hit with his absence, one that might be assuaged somewhat with the signing of Giovani Lo Celso (but much less so with Bruno Fernandes).
It is not thought that Spurs are in the market for a new keeper, with Hugo and Gazinga expected to stay 1-2 next season and U23 keeper Alfie Whiteman promoted to no. 3. Which is fine, because Gazinga and Alfie are both pretty hot, and that’s really what’s important here.
Join me in thanking Michel for his years of service to Tottenham.