Friedel can give Tottenham one more season of quality performances



1st Team Goalkeepers: Brad Friedel (41), Carlo Cudicini (38), Heurelho Gomes (31), David Button (23)

Tottenham’s pursuit of Hugo Lloris was about the only major goalkeeping transfer saga of the summer. In the end it came to nowt as Spurs found out Jean Michel Aulus is a stubborn negotiator and Andre Villas-Boas refused to budge on the transfer fee. The fee considered to be too rich for Villas-Boas’s tastes was €20 million. For some, it was spend the money now and you have a top quality goalkeeper sorted for the next 10 years. For others, little could be read into his Lyon form and there were lingering doubts about his ability to flourish in the Premier League. The truth was probably somewhere in the middle. There would have been a few blips as there always are, but the size of such a prize tag always makes them seem more calamitous than the really are.

Based on the evidence of last season, he’s not needed. For one more season at least. Brad Friedel’s performances last terms showed he was still a very capable top flight performer and barring a bizarrely sudden dip in form, he will be able to achieve similar standards this time around. Keeping the chequebook on ice until next summer may not be the worst of ideas. Lloris will no doubt be linked with a move again and his fee is unlikely to have increased too dramatically, regardless of the season he has.

With Friedel into his 40s, injury concerns always feature prominently. That’s not to paint a picture of the American being a frail old man, but naturally enough, time makes the knocks harder to shake off. It’s a concern, but the usually reliable supersub, Carlo Cudicini is also showing signs of wear and tear. He’s not the solid back up he once was.

That brings Heurehlo Gomes into the equation – a prospect that will probably terrify Spurs fans. In fairness to the Brazilian, his ability has been plain to see, but it’s constantly undermined by errors of concentration that lead to mistakes. Concentration is one of the hardest things to work, especially when you’re not getting regular football. If Cudicini or Gomes are needed for a few games, Spurs should be fine, but Friedel is the first choice and he’s badly needed.

David Button has been at the club since 2008, but hasn’t started a game. He’s had 13 loan spells in that period and he probably expect to add to that figure in the upcoming season as he builds up his experience.

Tottenham are 7/4 to finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League – BET NOW


2 thoughts on “Friedel can give Tottenham one more season of quality performances

  1. Sorry dont agree with the gomaz thing, you read to many papers, yes he has made mistakes that the papers seem to luv ,take the one at FULHAM he had 3 broken ribs that days pulled of 3 fantastic saves nothing said about the ribs
    we had the lowest amount of goals EVER for spurs at home 2seasons ago,he got us into the champions league with games against the chavs and arse being world class and i mean world class then saved us in the champions league
    At the chav game neither was a goal but papers and journo like you dont give a damn about truth
    GOAL against MADRID i remember Ray Clemance doing exactly the same in UEFA cup semi-final
    so would you like to name me a keeper who doesn’t make mistakes ,and i will prove you a liar
    I think FRIDIEL cost us more than you lot make out or wont say about ,a lot of games he cost us
    if you like i could put a list ,as i was a keeper for 10yrs ,goalkeepers i do know the faults in keepers as well as good things when in a game situation and FRIDIEL HAS HIS FAULTS ESPECIALLY CROSSES !!!!!

    • I agree with what you say. He has got a rough deal from the media. There’s still no denying he’s made mistakes though. There’s also no denying his talent.

      He can do a good job if he’s needed, but be prepared for errors. I’m not just talking about the Nani goal at Old Trafford or the Real Madrid goal – these things happen to all goalkeepers, as you rightly point out. The just seem to happen too often to Gomes for him to be truly considered world class.

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