Hiddink urges patience with Gomes
Guus Hiddink tells Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to be patient with 'keeper Heurelho Gomes.
Last Updated: 22/11/08 1:29pm
Legendary Dutch coach Guus Hiddink believes Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has to be patient with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
The Brazilian shot-stopper has come in for fierce criticism of late following a number of inept showings between the posts, including a costly error at Fulham last weekend which ultimately cost Spurs a point.
Gomes fumbled Simon Davis' cross into the net to mark the latest of a series of blunders, which has already prompted speculation that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.
But Hiddink, who brought Gomes to PSV Eindhoven when he was in charge there, insists he just needs time to adjust to English football.
Hiddink told The Sun: "I'm very surprised to hear things have not been going so well but in his first six months at PSV he needed time to adapt.
"Football in Holland is very different from Brazil. He must be given some time in England where the game is different again. He is a world-class keeper.
"Gomes is not afraid and he has fantastic reflexes. He also commands his area.
"He was exceptional to help PSV win two titles and was almost single-handedly responsible for getting the club to the Champions League semi-final."
Gomes has conceded 20 goals in Spurs' 13 Premier League fixtures so far this season, keeping just two clean sheets against Wigan and Bolton, and shipping four goals to London rivals Arsenal in October's pulsating 4-4 draw.
But Redknapp insists he is standing by his goalkeeper and says he will retain his position when Spurs host Blackburn on Saturday.
Should his failings see him ousted from the side, then Redknapp does have reserve keeper Cesar Sanchez and youngster Ben Alnwick to deputise.