Heurelho Gomes says he is happy at Watford after a difficult three-year spell at Tottenham Hotspur

Gomes endured a difficult spell at Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Action Images

Gomes endured a difficult spell at Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Action Images

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It's been a difficult three years for Heurelho Gomes but at Watford he has found a club where he is happy again.

During the summer of 2011, Gomes went from being Tottenham Hotspur’s first choice goalkeeper to watching on from the sidelines.

First Brad Friedel arrived and then, one year later, French international Hugo Lloris was signed. Gomes was Spurs’ third option.

He knew he wouldn’t play for the club but wasn’t able to leave White Hart Lane as a transfer couldn’t be agreed.

So he waited for his contract to expire, which happened at the end of June. A move to Watford had been agreed in May and was completed on July 1. The former Brazilian international is now looking forward to being a club’s number one goalkeeper again.

“That’s why I am here,” the 33-year-old said. “I want to help the club achieve what they want but I also just want to play matches.

“I am feeling very good at the moment. Tottenham was a difficult period for me. I had a spell in Germany when I played some games in the Bundesliga and did well but came back and still wasn’t involved.

“I didn’t have the chance to play and when my contract came to an end in June Watford was a great option.

“It’s close to London and my family are very settled there. So now I am looking forward to having a good season with Watford.”

Gomes played just 14 competitive matches between July 2011 and the end of the previous campaign.

Five of those were with Spurs while the other nine came at Hoffenheim. He admits the lack of football was difficult and was frustrated in his attempts to leave Spurs.

“It wasn’t easy mentally,” Gomes explained. “I tried to move a few times and the chairman (Daniel Levy) blocked it. It is in the past now and behind me though. I am just focused on my new club.”

And his new club is focused on challenging for promotion from the Championship. Gomes is one of nine signings made by the Hornets this summer as they bid to reach the Premier League.

Troy Deeney’s future remains unclear but if Watford are able to keep together their current squad, Gomes believes the Golden Boys are capable of challenging for a spot at the top of the table.

He said: “We have quality in the dressing room but now we have to put that on the pitch. The Championship is a tough league, it’s one that I’ve never played in before but I’ve spoken to the guys and seen games on the TV. So it won’t be easy.

“But we have a good squad and the support of the club. So I believe we can challenge for promotion.”

Gomes returned to pre-season training slightly later than the majority of the squad but linked up with his teammates on the Hornets’ pre-season training camp in Italy and Austria.

He said he quickly settled into the squad and believes the Watford players are “happy people”.

He explained: “The lads and the club have made me feel very welcome. I am enjoying working with goalkeeper coaches Paolo De Toffol and Chambo (Alec Chamberlain).

“The work we’ve done has been great so far and hopefully we can achieve what we want at the end of the season.”

He continued: “The lads are great and I like that. They are very happy people and so am I. I like to make a joke in the right situations, there are of course times when you have to be serious, but I am happy and feeling easy amongst the squad. It’s a good time for me.”

At Spurs, Gomes worked under Spaniard Juande Ramos, Englishman Harry Redknapp and Portuguese boss André Villas-Boas.

At Vicarage Road he has encountered a “different type of manager” in the animated Italian Beppe Sannino.

The Hornets’ head coach’s passion is evident from his behaviour on the touchline; he often strays from his technical area and is very animated during matches.

“He likes to talk and likes to talk to the team on the pitch,” Gomes said with a smile. “I am getting to know him better and he is the first Italian coach I’ve worked with.

“He has his own style and is a bit different in the way he wants the team to play. I am really enjoying it here.”

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3:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dutch Hornet says...

i saw Gomes play a number of years at PSV where he was and still is treated as a hero. His prematch jumping in the goal was legendary. Search on the following youtube title: PSV Gomes O Goleiro Grande

Search on the following youtube title to see what happened when he turned up just to watch a PSV game: PSV - VVV 2-0 Gomes

Do you think he would get this type of reception if he was not a great keeper? Also played for Brazil during his PSV time.(they were better then!!!)

Welcome to Vicarage road Mr Gomes. The future is bright. The future is Yellow!!!
i saw Gomes play a number of years at PSV where he was and still is treated as a hero. His prematch jumping in the goal was legendary. Search on the following youtube title: PSV Gomes O Goleiro Grande Search on the following youtube title to see what happened when he turned up just to watch a PSV game: PSV - VVV 2-0 Gomes Do you think he would get this type of reception if he was not a great keeper? Also played for Brazil during his PSV time.(they were better then!!!) Welcome to Vicarage road Mr Gomes. The future is bright. The future is Yellow!!! Dutch Hornet
  • Score: 36

3:59pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Dutch Hornet wrote:
i saw Gomes play a number of years at PSV where he was and still is treated as a hero. His prematch jumping in the goal was legendary. Search on the following youtube title: PSV Gomes O Goleiro Grande

Search on the following youtube title to see what happened when he turned up just to watch a PSV game: PSV - VVV 2-0 Gomes

Do you think he would get this type of reception if he was not a great keeper? Also played for Brazil during his PSV time.(they were better then!!!)

Welcome to Vicarage road Mr Gomes. The future is bright. The future is Yellow!!!
Blimey - amazing reaction. I get the feelings he's very much a confidence player. Hopefully he has a good start, the fans get behind him, he feels more confident, plays even better, the fans get even more positive towards him etc etc.
[quote][p][bold]Dutch Hornet[/bold] wrote: i saw Gomes play a number of years at PSV where he was and still is treated as a hero. His prematch jumping in the goal was legendary. Search on the following youtube title: PSV Gomes O Goleiro Grande Search on the following youtube title to see what happened when he turned up just to watch a PSV game: PSV - VVV 2-0 Gomes Do you think he would get this type of reception if he was not a great keeper? Also played for Brazil during his PSV time.(they were better then!!!) Welcome to Vicarage road Mr Gomes. The future is bright. The future is Yellow!!![/p][/quote]Blimey - amazing reaction. I get the feelings he's very much a confidence player. Hopefully he has a good start, the fans get behind him, he feels more confident, plays even better, the fans get even more positive towards him etc etc. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 19

3:59pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Paul Gadd says...

Yes welcome Mr Gomes indeed........let's hope Levy has made another giant c-up and we have found ourselves a good 'un!
Yes welcome Mr Gomes indeed........let's hope Levy has made another giant c-up and we have found ourselves a good 'un! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 16

4:13pm Fri 1 Aug 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

i love you gomes if its quite alright

i love you gomes id let you **** my wife

i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say...

i loooove you gomes
i love you gomes if its quite alright i love you gomes id let you **** my wife i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say... i loooove you gomes itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: -22

4:15pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dutch Hornet says...

and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013}
and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013} Dutch Hornet
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Dutch Hornet wrote:
and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel
Out of interest, why didn't he just go back there when he lost his place at spurs ??
[quote][p][bold]Dutch Hornet[/bold] wrote: and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013}[/p][/quote]Out of interest, why didn't he just go back there when he lost his place at spurs ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dutch Hornet says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Dutch Hornet wrote:
and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel
Out of interest, why didn't he just go back there when he lost his place at spurs ??
The fans would have had him - however PSV have a new keeper who came through the youth called Jeroen Zoet who will be the next Dutch keeper and Gomes would also have been 2nd choice
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dutch Hornet[/bold] wrote: and this is what happened when he came back to play in testimonial game for PSV this time last year. Search this on youtube: Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013}[/p][/quote]Out of interest, why didn't he just go back there when he lost his place at spurs ??[/p][/quote]The fans would have had him - however PSV have a new keeper who came through the youth called Jeroen Zoet who will be the next Dutch keeper and Gomes would also have been 2nd choice Dutch Hornet
  • Score: 5

6:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

buckler says...

Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows !
Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows ! buckler
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

lutondown says...

buckler wrote:
Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows !
I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory.
Expect biblical quotes at anytime.
Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows ![/p][/quote]I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory. Expect biblical quotes at anytime. Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man lutondown
  • Score: -1

6:54pm Fri 1 Aug 14

buckler says...

lutondown wrote:
buckler wrote:
Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows !
I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory.
Expect biblical quotes at anytime.
Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man
Hoping he's better than Almunia , not a dig ! Worried about the keeper coach though ! Be a good Start ..
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows ![/p][/quote]I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory. Expect biblical quotes at anytime. Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man[/p][/quote]Hoping he's better than Almunia , not a dig ! Worried about the keeper coach though ! Be a good Start .. buckler
  • Score: -2

9:08pm Fri 1 Aug 14

watford1881 says...

He's not conceded many goals so far pre-season so lets hope that continues...
He's not conceded many goals so far pre-season so lets hope that continues... watford1881
  • Score: 4

12:04am Sat 2 Aug 14

jonblunden says...

Worried about the manager ful stop. I'm just not sure he gets the players motivated enough or commands respect of them. I hope im wrong I'd love to see Zola with this lot
Worried about the manager ful stop. I'm just not sure he gets the players motivated enough or commands respect of them. I hope im wrong I'd love to see Zola with this lot jonblunden
  • Score: 3

1:45am Sat 2 Aug 14

D.unstable says...

The perfect man for the job I think.
The perfect man for the job I think. D.unstable
  • Score: 3

3:21am Sat 2 Aug 14

jonblunden says...

I felt for Zola last year he had no vydra no chalobah abdi was injured and hew was give poor replacements we could all see what he could do with a fully fit squad . I know its gone but I for one would be happier with him at the helm
I felt for Zola last year he had no vydra no chalobah abdi was injured and hew was give poor replacements we could all see what he could do with a fully fit squad . I know its gone but I for one would be happier with him at the helm jonblunden
  • Score: 5

8:24am Sat 2 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
i love you gomes if its quite alright

i love you gomes id let you **** my wife

i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say...

i loooove you gomes
That was his song at Spurs wasn't it?

Don't know why it provokes such a negative reaction...not as if Watford fans are averse to nicking other club's songs (Palace anyone)?
[quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: i love you gomes if its quite alright i love you gomes id let you **** my wife i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say... i loooove you gomes[/p][/quote]That was his song at Spurs wasn't it? Don't know why it provokes such a negative reaction...not as if Watford fans are averse to nicking other club's songs (Palace anyone)? Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 2

9:27am Sat 2 Aug 14

Scullion says...

Looking at this I will be delighted if us 'Orns give him half as much support and attention as the PSV fans.....they clearly had GREAT respect for him.....lets do the same and give the confidence he probably needs.....

Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013}

Amazing - do look !!
Looking at this I will be delighted if us 'Orns give him half as much support and attention as the PSV fans.....they clearly had GREAT respect for him.....lets do the same and give the confidence he probably needs..... Gomes PSV toegezongen tijdens afscheidswedstrijd van van Bommel [afscheidswedstrijd 19-07-2013} Amazing - do look !! Scullion
  • Score: 2

9:53am Sun 3 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

lutondown wrote:
buckler wrote:
Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows !
I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory.
Expect biblical quotes at anytime.
Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man
The Lord Bless You My Son!

Will that do?

I didn't realise that bald thicko's like you had heard of the Bible!

Get a copy for the salon and take down that silly "I Love Bas" poster!
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Got to better than butter fingers Loach and Almunia .. But once Chamberlain coaches him who knows ![/p][/quote]I just want to hear why Ilovebas aka (pair of) Bristols hornet has to say? His posts are now losing the veneer to reveal the nut job back in his glory. Expect biblical quotes at anytime. Alumina? Got to disagree with that one though jam man[/p][/quote]The Lord Bless You My Son! Will that do? I didn't realise that bald thicko's like you had heard of the Bible! Get a copy for the salon and take down that silly "I Love Bas" poster! bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

8:33am Mon 4 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Or, how about these:

"Get out of here baldy" 2 Kings 2:23 (New International version).

Or better still, "Judas hung himself" (Matthew 27:5) - "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37).

If you have a Bible in the salon Mr Ugly, take a look some time!
Or, how about these: "Get out of here baldy" 2 Kings 2:23 (New International version). Or better still, "Judas hung himself" (Matthew 27:5) - "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37). If you have a Bible in the salon Mr Ugly, take a look some time! bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

9:29am Mon 4 Aug 14

Paul Gadd says...

Glenn Roeder wrote:
itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
i love you gomes if its quite alright

i love you gomes id let you **** my wife

i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say...

i loooove you gomes
That was his song at Spurs wasn't it?

Don't know why it provokes such a negative reaction...not as if Watford fans are averse to nicking other club's songs (Palace anyone)?
This is why we need the 1881ers.........too many turn up- obviously part of the Highbury library until they were priced out

It's called atmosphere people!!!
COYH!
[quote][p][bold]Glenn Roeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: i love you gomes if its quite alright i love you gomes id let you **** my wife i love you gomes, trust in meeeeee when i say... i loooove you gomes[/p][/quote]That was his song at Spurs wasn't it? Don't know why it provokes such a negative reaction...not as if Watford fans are averse to nicking other club's songs (Palace anyone)?[/p][/quote]This is why we need the 1881ers.........too many turn up- obviously part of the Highbury library until they were priced out It's called atmosphere people!!! COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 1

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