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    soulfulhornet wrote:
    Welcome Heurelho. I hope you have a fantastic and memorable career at Watford that includes promotion to the Premier League. I cannot believe (actually yes I can) the negativity that some of us on here express - even before the player has donned the shirt.

    When I saw Gomes on the telly he was mostly brilliant - with the occasional ricket thrown in - a bit like Almunia, David James and yes Ben Foster. All keepers make mistakes and most often or not they end in conceding.

    The reason they stay in the mind more now is that they are shown repeatedly on the telly. I recall Shilton making errors especially from Cally/ Barnes crosses or corners - we scored regularly from them v Southampton, but those games were not shown. The brilliant Shilton and he was, would have been slaughetered in this day and age because football fans would be much more familar with his failings.

    Oh and at least he has experience of the English game. At 33 in his prime, and hopefully - depending on his character - the desire to kick start his career again.

    As regards Almunia, thank you for 2 fine years as our keeper - there have been some memorable saves and none more so than that penalty. Also, especially in 2012/13, his quick release of the ball, led to many goals, put the opposition on to the backfoot and was a contribution to us being the best attacking side in English football that season.
    Absolutely agree 100%. I remember Banks making mistakes, too.
    I remember going to a Tottenham match with some mates and Gomes played (not long after one of his errors). He had a perfectly good game, although Spurs didn't win, and all the Spurs supporters were perfectly happy with him. On MOTD that night they went out of their way to crucify him, pulling out and repeating a couple of minor errors---the sort of things that happen to keepers in every match. They blamed him for everything including both world wars, the black death and the crucifixion. No wonder the lad lost confidence.
    My only reservation is his confidence. I just hope the supporters get behind him and support him in those first few games."
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Watford have signed former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on a one-year contract with the option of a further year

Heurelho Gomes last appeared for Spurs in November 2011. Picture: Action Images

Heurelho Gomes last appeared for Spurs in November 2011. Picture: Action Images

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Watford have signed former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on a one-year contract with the option of a further year.

The 33-year-old Brazilian will leave Spurs when his contract at White Hart Lane expires at the end of June and will subsequently join the Hornets.

On Thursday, Watford missed out on former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech, who returned to first club Sparta Prague on a three-year deal.

Gomes moved to England in 2008 from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and was a regular between the sticks for Spurs until 2011, making 95 Premier League starts in three seasons.

Eventually ousted by Brad Friedel, Gomes was loaned out to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the 2012/13 season but played just nine times as injury curtailed his loan spell.

Born in Jao Pinheiro, Gomes began his career with Brazilian side Cruzerio before moving to Europe to join PSV in 2004, where he spent four years and made over 100 appearances.

The 6ft 3in gloveman is a Brazilian international and went to the 2010 World Cup with the Selecao.

Twice a Confederations Cup winner with Brazil, at club level Gomes has won the Eredivisie four times and the Brazilian Serie A once.

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