Revealed: The secret behind Gomes's switch from zero to hero at Spurs
12 May 2009 11:07
Tottenham have revealed the secret behind Heurelho Gomes's incredible transformation.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was a laughing stock following his £7.8million move from PSV last summer thanks to a string of comedy errors.
But Gomes is now on the verge of helping Spurs finish with a lower total than the club record 11 home goals that were conceded in the season of 1920.
Highs and lows: Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes
Tottenham will set a new landmark if Manchester City do not score twice in the White Hart Lane finale on Saturday.
'He's been on form for quite a while and has proved beyond all doubt what everyone at the club knows and that is he's a terrific goalkeeper,' said goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.
'I have to build a trust between myself and all the keepers. I know it is easy to be the villain. There is a fine line between making a save that will win a game and being the bozo.
'He's the type of guy who needs arm round his shoulder to tell him how well he's doing rather than the kick up the backside when things are not going well.
'I never did that because it would have had such a negative effect.
'Gomes had a lot going on in his head. Now he plays as if his mind is free of all that clutter.
'He has no worries and he is certainly happy with his family life and his football life.
'First and foremost I want him to do well because he's such a gentleman. He is not what most people's perceptions of a Premier League footballer is.
'Our fans are seeing best of Gomes but in fairness they gave him terrific support which helped his confidence. When he walks out and people are applauding him, he responds to that.'