Tottenham Opinion: Why Spurs should go all out for Alex McCarthy?
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to trim the wage bill having signed Che Adams, Danny Ings, Ramello Mitchell and Moussa Djenepo. The Express and Star report the Saints have made goalkeeper Alex McCarthy available this summer.
Back in May 2018, the Daily Mirror had claimed that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was keen on a move for Alex McCarthy. However, a deal didn’t materialise and the 29-year-old stayed put at Southampton.
He started the 2018/19 campaign as the Saints’ no.1 but was dropped by Hasenhuttl in the second half of the season after conceding some soft goals, with the Austrian tactician placing faith on last summer’s recruit Angus Gunn.
With Gunn having cemented his place in Hasenhuttl’s starting XI, Alex McCarthy has fallen down the pecking order and is surplus to requirements at the St. Mary’s. That being said, Tottenham must reignite their interest in McCarthy this summer.
Tottenham have released veteran Michel Vorm this summer, leaving Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga as the only two senior goalkeepers currently at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal.
Under-23 goalkeeper Alfie Whitemann signed a two-year deal last year and has been on the bench a couple of times for Spurs, but he is yet to experience any competitive minutes between the sticks for the first team.
Whitemann is 20 and being third-choice goalkeeper for his club would make absolutely no sense.
He is young and needs to play regularly for gaining experience, which means sending him out on loan to a lower division English club would be perfect. As far as the third goalkeeper slot is concerned, Alex McCarthy would fit the bill perfectly.
McCarthy is one of the Premier League’s most underrated goalkeepers and earned his first England cap last year. The 29-year-old is a reliable presence in goal, with cat-like reflexes and decent distribution skills.
Standing at 6ft 4in, the Englishman knows to command his box well and calmly come out and collect corners or punch the deliveries out of the box. His awareness of the goal in tight situations gives the incoming attacker very little room to find the net.
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What Pochettino needs is a real quality goalkeeper who would not only be happy to bide his time behind Lloris and Gazzaniga but also push the duo to their very best and keep them on their toes.
Competition for places is important and signing an experienced English goalkeeper in McCarthy would be a step in the right direction for Spurs.
Thus, Pochettino should definitely consider bringing in McCarthy, who would be an immediate fix to Tottenham’s goalkeeping dilemma.