Michel Vorm is ready to stand in for Hugo Lloris when Tottenham Hotspur kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United.
The former Swansea goalie is set to be called upon by manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he has suggested, in a bid to rest a number of his World Cup stars at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime.
And a relaxed Vorm, 34, says he will treat the build-up to the match like any other at a club where, in training sessions, it does not matter who is the first choice.
Nine of Spurs’ internationals returned for training on Monday, including World Cup winner Lloris. And it’s clear they will not be fit for the first two Premier League matches.
That is fine with Vorm, who has made 43 appearances for the club since signing from Swansea City in 2014.
“I need to make sure like always I’m ready,’ he said. ‘I always have a spell of games. I just try and be at a certain level and if I get the chance to show I’m still here.”
Being a first-choice goalkeeper is difficult enough, but Vorm agreed that it is an art to be able to step in after long periods without match action.
“I think so,’ he said. ‘In general, to be a goalkeeper, it’s mentally very tough. You can see it in World Cup final or Champions League final; there’s a certain pressure. As back-up of Hugo, when you’re called on at a club like this everyone expects everything to be good. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people underestimate how difficult it can be.”
Vorm believes coaching sessions put on by trusted Pochettino lieutenant Toni Jiminez ensure each of the club’s goalkeepers are ready to perform.
“The way we work is very intense and demanding,’ he said. ‘I think I’m a good professional. I make sure I give everything in training, and Toni treats everyone the same. It’s not like “who was playing.” We push each other and train at a very high level.”