Tottenham Hotspur News: AVB Backs Brad Friedel over Hugo Lloris in Goal
So you thought that the signing of Hugo Lloris was going to have an immediate impact at Tottenham?
You may want to think again.
According to the Guardian, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has shockingly placed his faith in the side's current keeper, Brad Friedel, rather than Hugo Lloris, whom he bought for a fee reported to be around £12 million.
Lloris, who moved from Lyon on Friday, captains the France national team and is widely regarded as one of the top keepers in the world.
Further, Lloris is 25 years of age while Friedel is 41; hence, the Frenchman is the clear keeper of the future.
On the flip side, Friedel has done little to lose his position. Despite his advanced age, the American has played superbly in goal for Spurs over the past year, keeping 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season. He even played a fine match on Saturday against Norwich, making a few fantastic saves en route to a draw.
From here, it looks as though Lloris will have to earn the starting position in a competition with Friedel.
Given that he is the captain of a national team of the caliber of France and was the first-choice keeper of a Champions League squad last year, Lloris probably imagined a different situation when he decided to move to White Hart Lane.
The decision to keep Friedel as the starter will do nothing to ease the scrutiny on Villas-Boas.
Spurs supporters have seemed to be getting more antsy over the last day as their club has slumped to a measly two points from their first three Premier League matches.
Now, AVB has decided not to go with a very popular summer signing.
If this decision proves ill-advised, it might be the beginning of the same sort of end AVB experienced at Stamford Bridge.
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