Huerelho Gomes Played Through the Pain Barrier at Tottenham
Watford goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes says he could not show his best form during his spell at Tottenham Hotspur due to injury. In an interview with the Offside Rule podcast, the Brazilian says a series of injuries affected his spell at the club.
Gomes joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in 2008, before joining The Hornets in 2014. “I remember my first six months was very difficult. I had a knock on my rib which meant I couldn’t dive to my right in training sessions.
“I would say I played 70% of games injured, because I wanted to show what I was capable of. Then Daniel Levy (Spurs chairman) came up to me at the end and said ‘please, we need you to play in the next game.’ So I was there again playing with an injury.”
Gomes eventually lost his place to Brad Friedel and the ex-Cruzeiro man says it was a tough period in his career, “It was a very tough time for me. It was the first time that I had ever been in that situation but I can say I learned a lot.
“Luka Modric said to me ‘what are you still doing here? You can’t be here for so long you are a great keeper.’ But I told him my time will come I don’t have to worry, I just have to work and work more.
“I was trying to ask myself why I wasn’t playing and maybe it’s because I didn’t deliver what they expected. I had a great time at Spurs and great memories but I was very upset at that time. I gave away so many opportunities too, I can’t just blame the manager.”