Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for former Manchester City academy talent Gavin Bazunu
Tottenham Hotspur are linked with a move to sign former Manchester City youth team player and current Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
The 21-year-old shot-stopper is a regular for the Saints in goal and has 17 appearances this season, although he has only kept two clean sheets during that time. According to Football Insider, via the Sun, Ange Postecoglou’s side could sign him to provide cover for Guglielmo Vicario.
The Saints spent £12million to bring him to St. Mary’s from Manchester City last year, so, of course, they saw huge potential in the Republic of Ireland international.
There is no doubt that Vicario is our first-choice goalkeeper. The 27-year-old has been excellent since his summer transfer from Empoli and has made fans start to get over Hugo Lloris’ absence in goal.
Bazunu to Spurs?
If anything, the Italy international has been an upgrade on the Hugo Lloris of the last few seasons. Hence, any move for Bazunu to Spurs would mean being a backup to Vicario.
He is currently playing for a team that may not return to the Premier League. Southampton sit eight points away from the automatic promotion spots after 17 matches, with 31 points to their name.
The Saints, of course, would fancy their chances of promotion if they finished in the play-off spots as well. But that is a gamble, as everyone knows. But that means a move for Bazunu in January could be difficult.
Which team would want to lose their first-choice goalie mid-season, especially when they are aiming for a priceless promotion? For Bazunu, there would also be a dilemma.
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His best chance of displacing Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher from goal in Ireland’s XI is regular playing time, which the latter doesn’t get at club level. If Bazunu moves to Spurs, he would also be in the same boat.