Should Tottenham sell one, two, or all three?

Heurelho Gomes

Tottenham Hotspur have the best quartet of goalkeepers around, but likely not for much longer.

There have been numerous column inches devoted to the goalkeeping battle at Tottenham between last season's number one Brad Friedel and summer signing Hugo Lloris.

While fascinating, it has served to underline the status of Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes as forgotten men, yet it should not be forgotten that each were regulars in the Premier League at one time.

Cudicini did make one appearance in the Capital One Cup away to Carlisle, but Gomes - Sidelined by Harry Redknapp last season, is seemingly fourth choice and his prospects of wearing a Spurs jersey again look bleak.

You would be hard pushed to find a club with a better and more talented quartet of goalkeepers in the Premier League, and even the world.

Lloris has recently all but been confirmed as number one, starting the last six Premier League games in succession - And this has led to speculation as to the future of his three competitors.

Brad Friedel has been repeatedly linked with a switch to former club Blackburn, but it would mean dropping down a level to the Championship, so far the American has given no indication either way as to whether he would be prepared to do that or not, but he may decide it is preferable to sitting on the bench in the final stages of his career.

Carlo Cudicini was a fortnight ago linked with signing for LA Galaxy, which would be a nice reward and challenge for the Italian who has spent the majority of his career since 2004 warming substitute benches at Spurs and Chelsea. At 39, few would argue he deserves it, but the MLS season dates would dictate the move would have to happen in January rather than the summer.

Heurelho Gomes is another forgotten man, who was Tottenham's first choice goalkeeper just two seasons ago. His prospects look bleak and his contract expires at the end of the season. He is likely to want to see it out, and take his pick of offers as a free agent next summer, but last week spoke of his frustration at the situation. A loan move may suit him whether it be domestically or abroad.

In all three cases, Spurs have a decision to make in the New Year. Their decision on Friedel may have knock on effects for the other two.

From having the best quartet around, Spurs will not want to risk getting caught short next year - Allowing all three to leave and risking an injury to Hugo Lloris.

That is unlikely, unless a new signing is brought in - Who would have to be comfortable playing second fiddle to Lloris.

But it is equally unassured that when January 31 ends, all four goalkeepers will still be Tottenham players.

Who would you keep and who would you sell? What do you expect Spurs to do?

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