Andre Villas-Boas has made it his intention to shake up the Tottenham Hotspur team this season, introducing new faces in order to rejuvenate a side that had slipped up toward the end of last season. After reluctantly letting Luka Modric go he actively seeked the departures of Rafael Van Der Vaart, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson with varying levels of success.
One position in particular that did need refreshing was between the sticks. Brad Friedel is a legendary figure in the Premier League but at 41 years, despite his apparent superhuman abilities, he must be approaching the end of his professional career and with the other 2 keepers at The Lane Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini both being in their 30’s (even if Gomes is ten years younger than Friedel) the signing of a world class younger option seemed good business by AVB.
Hugo Lloris turns 26 on Boxing Day has almost 40 caps for his country of which he is the captain so certainly fills the necessary requirements in the goalkeeper department. Despite the inevitable shaky moment that comes with being a goalkeeper at this level, Hugo Lloris is a class performer that Tottenham fans should rightfully feel privileged to have at the squad.
Brad Friedel however does not want to be cast aside. During in a weekend that saw Shay Given and David De Gea dropped for their understudies he excelled against Norwich; leading to AVB exclaiming that Lloris could not simply walk into the first team.
Hugo Lloris apparently ‘does not appreciate such comments’ but those words came via the medium of his national coach; former Chelsea player Didier Deschamps.
When making the statement he wistfully passed the comment that his keeper felt in such a way and claimed he wasn’t causing a problem that he did not need. However if he really wanted to achieve a non-problematic relationship with the new employers of his current number 1 keeper Deschamps would of been better saying absolutely nothing at all.
If Hugo did have his nose put out of joint slightly by AVB’s comments he shouldn’t have as Brad Friedel is a legendary Premier League keeper with the fitness levels to rival those 20 years younger than him. Hugo should definitely have expected a fight and this is all irrelevant; if he had vented the frustrations to Deschamps these views should stay private and internal not spouted out during a press conference for the infamous British press to feat on.
As much as Deschamps was trying to look out for his goalkeeper and captains best interests he has now risked the wrath of a team who also employ a currently injured Younes Kaboul.
Hugo Lloris should expect a fight for the number 1 jersey no matter how much defence he receives from his national coach; if he didn’t then he has obviously not heard about Brad Friedel before.
Should Deschamps of kept quiet? Will Lloris usurp Brad Friedel?
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