Harry still wants new keeper

14 December 2008 11:33
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Heurelho Gomes is benefiting from a confidence boost, but still expects to sign a new goalkeeper in the transfer window. The error-prone Brazilian has endured a torrid start to life in the Premier League after a string of high-profile gaffes. But Gomes repaid the faith shown in him by Redknapp after producing a man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw with Manchester United on Saturday evening. Gomes produced the save of the game in stoppage time when he managed to tip Ryan Giggs' free-kick onto the top of the bar as both sides were forced to settle for a point. But despite his heroics against the champions, Redknapp is still hoping to sign another goalkeeper in January. "I've got confidence in him," he said. "Whether I bring another keeper onto the staff is another matter. "He's been excellent and if he can keep these performances up we haven't got a problem. "But I'd like to bring in another keeper as cover or someone to battle it out with him." Meanwhile, Rekdnapp has admitted the protracted nature of the UEFA Cup group stage is becoming an unwanted distraction. Spurs are still languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table but must face Spartak Moscow on Thursday with a squad reduced by injury and without cup-tied duo Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka. Speaking after losing Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate to injury on Saturday, he said: "It's a big headache. "We're not overloaded. We've lost two centre-halves and haven't got cover apart from the two that played. "We are short and we have too many games. We have the UEFA Cup this week and to be honest I wish we didn't."

Source: ESA