Tottenham Hotspur: Who Will Wear the No.1 Jersey Next Season?

Ishan ChowdhuryCorrespondent IJune 29, 2011

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07:  Heurelho Gomes of Spurs reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool at White Hart Lane on May 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Tottenham have real strength now in nearly all parts of the field and there are few teams that can boast of a midfield quartet as strong as Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

People may argue that they lack the presence of a proven striker and may point to that particular position as the weakest part of the team but their real Achilles heel is their goalkeeper.

For the past couple of seasons, they have employed Heurelho Gomes in the role of the primary keeper, and let’s be honest: Other than the occasional wonder-save, he is nothing more than ordinary.

In fact, he has started to let in more shots than he actually manages to stop. It used to bemuse me as to how he consistently managed to retain the position of their No. 1 keeper until recently when I opened their site and had a look at the keepers at their disposal.

It all suddenly became blatantly clear.

Tottenham had absolutely no depth in that department.

And then came some Earth-shattering news: ‘Tottenham have signed a new Goal-Keeper!’ and I was extremely excited to see who the new lad would be.

The “lad,” as it turned out, was 42-year-old Brad Friedel.

There's no doubt the American has top-class abilities as a keeper, but I am saying that only in reference with his performances five years ago. Ever since then, he seems to have slowed down in terms of reflexes, his abilities as a keeper have deteriorated and he no longer seems good enough to play in any team that have their eyes set on European qualification.

A further look at the list of Tottenham shot stoppers got me to former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini. Cudicini prospered for Chelsea in the little time that he spent on their first team, and at that time he seemed destined for greater things, albeit at a club that didn’t possess the class of a keeper like Petr Cech.

However, he hasn’t had the greatest of fortunes and a string of injuries along with a couple of nasty accidents have certainly reduced his capabilities as a keeper, and he can’t be counted upon when it comes to being a consistent No. 1.

I don’t wish to talk about their other two keepers as they rightfully play in the reserve league and can by no means be pushed up to first-team action.

It’s not as if there is no way out for Tottenham, but for a team that seems more than capable in all other aspects of its game it's worrisome they lack urgency and concern as far the keeper’s slot.

After the signing of Friedel, Tottenham have made no movement whatsoever in the transfer market to secure the signing of a top quality keeper. It seems pretty obvious, given their lack of activity in the transfer market, that they will stick with this current group of goalkeepers.

It’s still unknown as to whether it’s ‘Butterfingers’ Gomes, ‘Grandpa’ Friedel or ‘Lame’ Cudicini who will be handed the No. 1 Jersey next season, but either way, it could get rather ugly and they might have to wait a couple of more seasons before they climb up the table and push for Champions League qualification again.


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