Pierluigi Gollini has tipped off a new era at Tottenham Hotspur, and as the first signing made by the Italian managing director Fabio Paratici, he's expected to bring smiles to a lot of faces in North London.
The 26 year-old goalkeeper Gollini has addressed his move to Hotspur Way, while also revealing his admiration for the Spurs captain, Hugo Lloris.
“I had proposals from Italian clubs but Tottenham are the best one,” he said. “I respect Hugo Lloris, he’s a great goalkeeper and I’m proud to work with him at Spurs”.
Pierluigi Gollini now flying to London: “I had proposals from Italian clubs but Tottenham are the best one! I respect Hugo Lloris, he’s a great goalkeeper and I’m proud to work with him at Spurs”. ⚪️ #THFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 22, 2021
Medical completed. Loan deal done. First Paratici signing for Spurs. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/iEkKY5GdyT
What it means
This signing is a move looking at the future for Spurs, considering Lloris' contract with the 'Lilywhites' is set to expire in the summer of 2022.
His arrival to N17 will mean the veteran goalkeeper Joe Hart will be demoted to third in the pecking order for the manager, Nuno Espírito Santo.
Last season, Hart featured in the UEFA Europa League and FA Cup, competing in just 10 games all campaign long.
This will also mean homegrown goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, who has played in the Spurs pre-season this summer, will be looking for first team football outside Hotspur Way.
Gollini, who has spent time in England in the past with Manchester United and Aston Villa, will be on a season-long loan at North London, but Spurs will be forced to buy him for £13million if makes 20 appearances or more this season.
The UEFA Europa Conference League as well as the cup competitions are expected to be important for Gollini's playing time, but it will be hard for him to play more than 20 fixtures.
Last season at Atalanta, Gollini recorded 32 appearances across all competitions, including three starts in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
He also played an important role in Atalanta's 2020 / 21 campaign, as the team finished third in the Serie A.
Throughout his career with Atalanta, the Italy international played a total of 112 games and kept 38 clean sheets.