Written By Justin on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | 12:19:00 AM
Regular readers will know I've been fascinated by the un-dropability of Paul Robinson, whose errors this season certainly didn't help Martin Jol keep his job, and may still cost Steve McClaren his. Two managers who showed inexplicable loyalty to an out-of-form keeper; one of whom has been fired, and the other, well, let's face it, it's just a matter of time.
But since the arrival of Juande Ramos at Spurs, Robbo appears to be regaining his best form. He's kept three clean sheets, and Spurs have crept out of the relegation zone. Today Ramos had encouraging - if not outright glowing - words of support for his embattled number one: "Paul is one of the best goalkeepers in England - he is the number one for England. If he keeps playing the way he is playing at the moment, of course I'm going to count on him and I'm going to keep him in mind."
The cynic in me will point out that Robbo is England's number one for now. If England fail to qualify for Euro 2008, surely McClaren's will not be the only head to roll. I've previously pimped for Scott Carson on this site, but it's time Robert Green was also given a chance. He's been outstanding for an ordinary West Ham side, and has a direct hand in earning quite a few of their points total.
Nevertheless, it's good to see Robbo stringing together some convincing performances. I never like to see a hardworking pro struggle. But I really do wish he'd stop wearing that all-yellow kit.