It would be difficult for anyone to argue that Tottenham’s goalkeeper depth isn’t the best in the EPL with Brad Friedel, Hugo Lloris, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini on their roster.
The biggest problem facing Tottenham—which is not a bad problem to have from the club’s point of view—is that they have two clearly world-class keepers.
Freidel has an amazing 320 consecutive Premier League starts and, despite being 41 years of age, is still in top form.
Lloris, on the other hand, is only 25 years old, but has established himself as a top class keeper, is the French national team captain and has been named Ligue 1’s Goalkeeper of the Year three times.
Tottenham is not likely to depart with Lloris on a transfer because they will obviously need him when Friedel inevitably retires. But if Friedel keeps the starting position and Tottenham keeps winning games, Tottenham may consider allowing Lloris to leave on loan in January.
A loan move, especially to another EPL team, would make sense for Lloris as well. He would get to stay in England to continue his adjustment to the country and the league and he would get games to keep him in form for the French national team.
If Friedel’s form slips or Tottenham hit a patch of bad form in November or December, Spurs could make the switch to Lloris, leaving Friedel out in the cold.
In that scenario, Friedel may desire a permanent transfer in the January window as a way of extending his career.