The fact that Spurs had little chance of progressing to the Champions League semi finals meant that the spotlight was taken off Heurleho Gomes to some extent. The latest in a line of elementary errors gifted Cristiano Ronaldo the winning goal and briefly took the momentum away from a Spurs team who were threatening to win the tie at least.
Harry Redknapp will publicly back his keeper, but inside he must be seething. The reaction of Spurs defenders also told a story of how frustrating it must be to battle hard only to see your keeper gift your opponents the lead.
When we’ve mentioned likely names to depart the Lane in recent weeks, Gomes name crops up only occasionally, but perhaps that’s because it’s so hard to find a replacement. Manchester United need to fill the gap left by Edwin van der Saar and the likes of Stekelenburg, De Gea and Neuer will be hard to prise away from their respective clubs.
For Spurs, if you look at the Premier League, just who is good enough and who would come? Paul Robinson is a possible target, but Blackburn would resist an offer. Perhaps Redknapp could adopt the strategy that brought Robinson to the club in the first place by buying from a relegated side. Rob Green anyone?
Further down the leagues, Scott Loach was mentioned, but due to his lack of experience, this might represent a gamble. The lack of choice may end up saving Gomes at Tottenham, unless Harry’s patience has finally snapped with the erratic Brazilian.