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Tottenham Hotspur Move A Poor Career Choice For Michel Vorm


As has been the case for many seasons now, the summer transfer window has presented the Barclays English Premier League many eyebrow-raising moments. From the transfer of Carlos Tevez from Manchester United to Manchester City or the Robin van Persie switch from Arsenal to United, there have been some memorable and unfathomable moves within the league.

While there may be several justifications warranting moves from one club to the other, perhaps one that till now baffles many is this summer’s transfer of Michel Vorm.

The undeniably gifted goalkeeper had time and again rescued Swansea City from the cusp of defeat with his razor-sharp reflexes to deny clear goals as well as keep his side in the game. The Dutch international, however, committed career suicide when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £5 million. The 30-year-old consequently moved from a club where he was a revered icon, an ever-present fixture in the manager’s line-up and a highly dependable goalkeeper to his new role – a talented bench warmer who offers a back-up option to French international, Hugo Lloris.

The move was questioned by both sets of fans – the Swans couldn’t comprehend the need for the move to a side that continuously ran out of steam in the business end of the season to finish out of the top four. As for Spurs fans, the purchase of the gifted shot-stopper, barely a month after the current No. 1 keeper put pen to paper on a new five-year deal seemed peculiar. The North London side have in the past had the tendency of filling their goalkeeping quota with a plethora of talent. Perhaps this was best epitomised by the co-existence of Huerelho Gomes, Carlo Cudicini and Brad Friedel. Was Vorm a luxury purchase – one the club didn’t necessarily need, but couldn’t afford to pass up either? It seems so.

Time and again, clubs have moved for players that frankly seem too good to pass up, not thinking of whether or not the player is best-suited for the league, let alone the club. The Galacticos splash out millions and roll out six-digit salaries to sway the cream of football to the Bernabeu, but find it difficult to incorporate these gifted players into their side. As a result, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Kaka have been but a few casualties to this practice. Thus, has this habit filtered into the Premier League?

Whichever way it is viewed, the truth remains naked for all to witness – the lack of game time (just one appearance this season) will definitely culminate in the Dutchman being further relegated down the pecking order on a national front. The once ever-dependable keeper and indispensable keeper has now morphosized into a bench-warming antic that pleases the eye, but remains tucked under the covers.

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  1. Michael

    October 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    At age 30 Vorm really has no career ahead of himself as would a 25 year old keeper. He was smart. He got a big pay raise and still has a few years ahead of himself to play should Lloris leave.

    He cashed in and good for him.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Thirty is young for a keeper. He’s still got several years ahead of him.

  2. Tony Butterworth

    October 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I thought it was well known that Lloris was going to move on next summer.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

      There were rumors, but nothing substantial.

  3. FatherJack

    October 1, 2014 at 4:37 am

    AnotherJouro/Blogger needing something to write and ublished and having to scrape the barrel to get a nothing story.

  4. Chris

    October 1, 2014 at 3:52 am

    What Dan said!!! And don’t forget Swansea had signed Fabianski a few months earlier and the talk was that he would become the no 1 keeper.
    I’m not so sure that many fans were baffled by the move…maybe it’s just you journos….

    • Christopher Harris

      October 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Swansea bought Fabianski as an insurance policy in case Vorm would be sold. If Vorm had stayed at Swansea, he’d still be their number one goalkeeper, playing week-in week-out.

      • NBills

        October 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

        Isn’t it possible that the rumors for a future Lloris sale simply haven’t begun yet? Just because he recently put pen on paper doesn’t mean he won’t leave in the future. Lloris is a top 5 keeper in the world who deserves CL play. If Tottenham misses out on the CL again, it would make perfect sense if Lloris bolts.

        Vorm signing here is both Vorm AND Tottenham conceding that scenario as a probable future, and it’s wise for both to do so. Tottenham would be getting a more-than-competent replacement, while Vorm would be movig on to a bigger club.

        Look… I’d be thrilled if either Tottenham qualified for CL or if Lloris stayed despite Tottenham not qualifying for CL, but nobody would bet their life on either scenario coming to fruition.

        • Christopher Harris

          October 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

          Agreed, for the most part. The shame of this whole matter is that Vorm ends up sitting on the bench and wasting a whole season. He could have stayed with Swansea for one more season and improved his international opportunities as well as stayed fit and fresh to join Spurs if/when Lloris leaves next summer.

  5. Dan

    October 1, 2014 at 12:54 am

    You didn’t mention once that he’s going to be the #1 next year when Hugo moves to a Champions League club in the summer. Vorm is biding his time, making all Capitol One and FA Cup games this year, and he’ll step in starting next summer and make a run at the Oranj #1 shirt in the next major int’l tournament (Euro ’16, one season of great form for Spurs makes this possible) and World Cup ’18 after that. Whatever Swans fans think about Spurs, it is a career step up. Spurs pay higher wages (for whichever professionals are into that(most)), and they have played in Europe consistently in the past few years. Champions League is much more likely at Spurs than at Swansea. Swansea are a great club, but they can’t pay the top wages, and they can’t consistently compete for European spots, though they did really well to make a cup run and earn one season of Europa. This isn’t as big of a career suicide as you’re making it out to be.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

      There’s a good chance Hugo Lloris will stay with Tottenham next season. If he really wanted Champions League football that badly, he would have left the club after the World Cup.

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