Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has expressed his delight at Heurelho Gomes' form following his first-team recall.
Gomes was expected to shine following his arrival from PSV Eindhoven last summer, but his struggles epitomised the club's woeful start to the season that culminated in Juande Ramos' exit.
Redknapp beefed up his goalkeeping options in the winter transfer window with the arrival of experienced Italian shot-stopper Carlo Cudicini from Chelsea.
Gomes has retained his place between the sticks following the Carling Cup final and at the weekend he was outstanding in shutting out title-chasing Chelsea.
"I'd be a liar if I told you I expected him to be performing like that when I first arrived here," said Redknapp.
"I was worried about him. Yet everywhere I went in Europe people were telling me how good he was.
"I was still at Portsmouth when Tottenham signed him and Tony Adams, who'd done some coaching in Holland, said they'd signed one of the best goalies in the world.
"He didn't look like that when I arrived, but now he's playing terrifically well."