Who should be Tottenham’s number One?

by Matthew Harris on September 3, 2012

While it was a mixed day as far as transfer deals were concerned, Tottenham did secure one of their long term targets as French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the move from Lyon to a life at White Hart Lane.

At a £12m fee and with 38 international caps to his name, Lloris sounds like a perfect long term replacement between the posts but Andre Villas-Boas maintains that Brad Friedel is still his first choice.

“When you transfer it’s not written in the contract that you have to play,” Villas-Boas said.

“He has to compete against three good goalkeepers and at the moment Brad is doing extremely well. He deserves to be playing and he’ll continue to do so.”

While Spurs surrendered another two points on Saturday, good work from Brad saved even further embarrassment. Does he deserve his role as number one or should new signing Lloris be installed without any further delay?

 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

dtgm September 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Long term? Lloris, clearly. But Friedel has played very well lately, so well that I can’t see benching him immediately.

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JOE LEWIS OUT September 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

JOE LEWIS OUT

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akshayaalase September 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

OUT JENAS HUDDLESTONE BENTLEY GALLAS IN MOUTINHO ISCO LLORENTE

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tony September 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Brad must stay as No1 – his form since joining has been excellent. If players perform well they should stay in the team.

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Tom September 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Lloris obviously Friedel is 41 years old he can’t run of his line and is shit when the ball is crossed in. People were slagging Friedel of last week when he made the mistake and west brom scored now because he did some decent saves against Norwich he should be number 1? My answer to that is…Fuck of!

We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world now and Friedel is past it (was never a good goalkeeper that’s why liverpool sold him) and any Tottenham fan who thinks Friedel should be kept number 1 needs to put a woolwich shirt on and fuck of.

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Lloyd Mannouch September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Lloris has to be number 1, in my opinion only iker casillas is better. Sort it out avb NOW

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EssexSpur September 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Your only as good as your last game, and Freidel was quality last game. He deserves to be no.1
Maybe blood Lloris in the europa, see how he gets on. Unless Freidel has a mare, then throw him in straight away.

oh and akshayaalase needs to stop posting the same s**t on every article!

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SuperSpurs September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Lloris undoubtedly on the short list for the best keeper in the world why has This question even risen.

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Keiran September 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

It’s a difficult choice for AVB, but one which I’m sure he’s relieved about. In a way, this is why Jack Butland may have been the better option, not to mention slightly cheaper. Keep Friedel as number one, Cudicini as back up, and loan Butland straight back out to Southampton or another interested club. As it stands, I think both keepers could share the job until the end of the season when Friedel is likely to hang up the gloves.

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COYS September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Without a shadow of doubt Lloris is the better keeper and probably only casillas and neuer are better but I think woth this being Brad’s last season , I’d like to see lloris eased in as the physicality of the leagur shouldnt overwelm him unless he potrays his class in training

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dtgm September 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Exactly. One can look at De Gea’s nightmarish start with United last season to see the wisdom of easing him into the side.

Friedel is quality despite his age and he’s made some truly spectacular saves already this season. There’s no need to rush Lloris in. This is a good problem for Spurs to have, really.

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dawid September 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Give friedel one more start at reading to credit his performances of late. If we don’t keep a clean sheet ( again) Lloris should take the starting berth. I hope Levy secures Moutinho before the January window opens. If jake and sandro plays in the same team again I will personaly give avb a propper smack. The 4231 is not a suitable formation for our squad.
Coys

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Parklaner September 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

It was more of a 4-4-1-1 but with Sandro & Livermore both sitting it allowed Norwich to have plenty of the ball in midfield and they took advantage.
You could clearly see that when we put on Dembele, an attack minded midfielder we kept the ball much better and further up the pitch.
I can see the reasoning for playing 4-2-3-1 away but not at home, when the onus is on us to attack teams

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Mitchell September 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

The last thing we want is for Lloris to get upset for lack of playing time, but Friedel is playing well.

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dennis September 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

one pound fiiiiiiiish

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Steele September 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Defoe is a great sub to come in and play but our starting striker hello adebayor !!!!! Like wtf we harp on getting him for months and he’s more of the striking we need up front let Defoe ride the bench and play europa and some cup Bc we need top four!!! …………………………adebayor………………Dempsey……………….bale……………………..dembele ………………. Lennon ……………………….Sandro/Livermore………………………………assou ekotto…….vertonghen…………gallas……..walker… ………………………….friedel/ lloris

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AllWhiteMark September 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

How can you play 41 year old Brad (good as he is) over highly rated french captain lloris? Especially considering avb’s tactics requiring a sweeper-keeper needing to come off his line FAST. A no brainer.

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Veblen September 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

The future is Lloris, so he needs playing time to build his confidence in the PL and not just europe. Perhaps not every game, but that raises the question how long Friedel can keep his form without game time. Sorry Brad, but for the sake of the long term I think you should only be starting non PL games to ease Lloris in.

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