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    Welcome Pau Lopez

    Discussion in 'Player Discussion' started by skiathospurs, Sep 2, 2016.

    1. skiathospurs

      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      The 21-year-old stopper, first choice for the Spanish side throughout last season, is currently on international duty for Spain Under-21s, having earned his first senior call-up for his country’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina just prior to Euro 2016.

      A promising addition to our goalkeeping department, which already boasts the talents of Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, Pau was in the youth ranks at Espanyol when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge there between 2009 and 2012.

      Terry, who came up through our own youth system and scored seven goals in 26 senior appearances between 1979 and 1983, has watched our new recruit in action several times as part of his television work, which sees him commentate live on La Liga games and make frequent appearances in the Sky Sports studios to offer his expert take on the Spanish football landscape.

      And it’s fair to say the 53-year-old has been particularly impressed by what he’s seen.

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      “In recent seasons, Spain has been renowned for producing really good, talented young goalkeepers and Pau is on that list,” said the former Coventry City and Manchester United striker.

      “Espanyol sold Kiko Casilla to Real Madrid last summer so Pau came in and took over. At the time it appeared to be a bad decision to let Casilla leave but Espanyol obviously knew that they had a really good young goalkeeper to follow him and he’s gone on to prove that he’s a fantastic stopper and someone who's worthy of playing for Spurs.

      “I think he has the potential to be a really good goalkeeper for years to come and at one stage last season he didn’t appear to be too far away from being in the Spanish national set-up due to his good form – in fact he made the squad just before the Euros.

      “He’s a good all-round keeper. He’s a great shot-stopper, he’s good at dealing with crosses, he’s agile and all those attributes will only improve over time. I think he represents a really good loan signing by Spurs.”

      Terry says he’s also been impressed by Pau’s attitude and application during his spell in the Spanish top flight and is hopeful that in time he’ll be able to emulate some of the great goalkeepers to come out of his country.

      “He’s been smashing,” Terry added. “He was thrown in at the deep end really – it was a bit of a surprise that Casilla left to go back to Real Madrid last year and Espanyol didn’t have any real opportunity to look around for a replacement so Pau was thrown in amongst it and he’s been superb, really good.

      “He’s calm in his nature, too, and his temperament is one of the reasons why he’s done so well. As I said, he was thrown in at a young age but he dealt with it very well and became their first choice goalkeeper.

      “If you look at the good keepers from La Liga who have come to England in recent years – Claudio Bravo is the latest one, there’s also been David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois was there on loan too – he’s got every chance of growing up to be a really top-class player. He’s certainly one for the future.”

      Hola Pau,play well and prosper.
       
    2. Liam

      Liam Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Don't know anything about this chap but sounds a good prospect. You know Levy likes to cash in on players while they still have resell value and Lloris won't be around forever. Obviously I don't want Lloris sold but I wouldn't be entirely shocked to see him leave if we don't get champs league football next season.
       
    3. Dorset

      Dorset The Voice Of Reason Founding Member

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      I shall call this chap Paul, I can't be having all these foreign or trendy names. Likewise the other bloke will have to decide if he is going to be George OR Kevin, he can't have both that would be greedy.
       
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    4. Liam

      Liam Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      George and Kevin no can do!
       
    5. J.spurs

      J.spurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Think he's on record as saying GK (which I quite like) is fine. As for Lopez, I suppose he must be better with his feet than McGee?
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Yid Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      27ish months and after appearing in a few cup games and signing a 3 or 4 year deal heel be sold back to a Spanish club for roughly what we paid, maybe a few quids profit.

      This is what we do. If he makes a couple of blinders and does well in the cup games he gets well make a tidy profit on him as a seasoned premiership pro with CL experience.... on paper.
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Pau Lopez says to play for a team like Tottenham Hotspur is a dream come true.
      Lopez: "It is a great opportunity. I hope to learn a lot, improve a lot as a goalkeeper and adapt to life on and off the pitch,I am very excited and I hope the fans are also happy I am here."
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/first-team/players/pau-lopez-first-interview-120916/
      The Spanish Under-21 goalkeeper has joined us on a season's loan from Espanyol and was part of the travelling part at Stoke on Saturday.

      Pau, 21, joined Espanyol's youth set-up in 2007 with Mauricio joining as Head Coach in 2009. He was in charge of the Barcelona-based club until 2012 while Toni was goalkeeping coach for a year before the coaching team departed for Southampton in January 2013, eventually joining Spurs ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
      "Mauricio made everything possible, if he wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play here," said Pau. "He trusted me when I was a youth player at Espanyol. I’m very grateful to him, now I have to do everything here to earn his trust.

      "Mauricio and his staff demand a lot of you at the training sessions and those sessions are really hard, but at the end when you work hard you get to the games better (in better condition) than your rivals.

      "Toni trusts me a lot, demands a lot, believes in me and I think he is going to get the best out of me.
      To play for a team like Spurs is a dream come true. I've dreamed of playing in England since I was a kid, but I couldn't imagine I could play with a team like Spurs. It's a great opportunity.

      "I hope to learn a lot, improve a lot as a goalkeeper and adapt to life on and off the pitch. I'm very excited and I hope the fans are also happy I'm here."
       
    11. Yid

      Yid Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      I don't get why people were going spastic mental about this signing like we'd wasted an oportunity to sign Bale back and got him on loan instead.

      It'll work out well imo. If it doesn't he'll be another one for the Levy production line of zero cost revenue boosters
       
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    12. skiathospurs

      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Remember that despite Poch playing at top level in both league and international football,I mean he played in a world cup,and despite him having managed 3 clubs now giving us our highest PL finish and holding all the relevant Uefa Fifa coaching qualifications,and despite him actually knowing the player personally,these whiney bitches know better and it is their birthright to be able to tell us,as that is what forums are all about.Its like thatcher`s care in the community,let all the loonies loose on T`internet.
      Wow we signed a 3rd choice young keeper on loan,I mean wow lose your fucking mind over it.Thank fuck the net wasnt invented when we GAVE Jennings to arsenal cos we believed Barry Daines was going to be better.
      Hope the guy goes on to become immense,not least so these numpties can reflect on their daft shitkicking.
       
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      Don Diaz Zero tolerance of Numpty's Founding Member

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