Tottenham Hotspur: Alasdair Gold reveals what intrigued him pre-match on Tuesday

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Alasdair Gold has revealed that Fraser Forster went through a full warm-up before Tottenham Hotspur’s game on Tuesday despite not starting the game – something he’s never seen before.

Spurs appear to have hit a major bump in the road early on in the season, having won just once in their last four games across all competitions, including defeats in the Champions League and Premier League.

To make things even worse, Spurs have only managed to keep two clean sheets in the league all season, as well as Hugo Lloris having faced the fifth-most shots in the league, which may be why his backup was put through his paces on Tuesday evening.

Gold has now revealed Forster was put through an entire ‘keeper warmup before the game against Eintracht Frankfurt, admitting on his YouTube channel that he’d never seen anything like that before.

He said: “What I also thought was quite interesting, Fraser Forster, after they’d gone in – I haven’t seen this happen before – he stayed out in the net, and I think it was with [Marco] Savorani or one of the other coaches, but had a proper session out there, as if he was starting the game.

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“I could be reading far too much into that, it may just be something he requested, but if I want to read far too much into that, I wonder if they were putting him in there, in the noise – because it was proper noisy by that point already just before kick-off – whether they were just kind of getting him back into the headspace of what it’s like to be in goal in a big match because maybe he’s going to start a game soon.”

TIF Thoughts on Forster…

It would be quite a bold move from Conte to remove his captain and the man who’s been No 1 at Spurs for 11 seasons in a row in favour of Forster, who’s only managed to keep 43 clean sheets in his Premier League career compared to Lloris’ 123.

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However, given Lloris’ error against Arsenal in the north London derby and having ‘abysmal’ kicking against Frankfurt according to Gold (36:05), it may well be what he needs to rediscover his form.

Forster is certainly a very experienced and dependable shot-stopper in the Premier League with 134 games under his belt, but he’s a backup for a reason and Lloris will surely be seen as the better ‘keeper all-round, so it would be a big surprise to see him replace the Frenchman long-term.

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