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Tottenham Transfer News: Lloris Signing Good for Future, but Would He Start Now?

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 29:  Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris of France looks on during the International friendly match between France and Croatia at Stade de France on March 29, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2012

In case you haven't heard the big news of the day for Tottenham, reports have been swirling about the club signing keeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon (h/t John Cross, Mirror).

The potential move should no doubt be music to the ears of all Spurs supporters. After all, the goalkeeper position is getting a bit long in the tooth (to say the least), with the club's top two choices being 41 and 38 years of age, respectively.

Hence, adding a 25-year-old with the potential to be great is a perfect solution to an issue that had to be addressed.

However, the potential signing raises one question: Should the new signing immediately become the first choice?

For most clubs, this would be a no-brainer. To analyze this issue thoroughly, though, we must consider Spurs' current first choice, the American Brad Friedel.

At the age of 41, Friedel has been defying Father Time recently. After joining Spurs just last summer, the keeper had a fantastic season at the Lane and played every league match.

Just taking 2011-12 into account, Friedel statistically had a more impressive season than Lloris. While the American played in the Premier League and the Frenchman in Ligue 1, Friedel had more saves (114 to 99) and about three times more clean sheets (14 to five) than his counterpart.

Now should those statistics be taken as definite indicators of their levels of play? Of course not; they do not take into account many outside factors, most notably the amount of protection afforded the keeper by the rest of his unit.

What those statistics do indicate, though, is that Friedel has played very well and by all rights has earned his spot on the first team.

On the other hand, it is doubtful that the captain of France would have made the move from Lyon to sit on the bench. Given the amount of money about to be paid for Lloris, and the gap in the length of time left in his and Friedel's careers, AVB's choice is seemingly clear.

Still, it seems quite unfair that Friedel should lose his job based merely on age.

Then again, football, like the world, can be quite unfair.

 

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