Southampton eyeing January switch for veteran stopper.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is ready to make Tottenham’s displaced Brad Friedel his fourth goalkeeper of the season.
Veteran American Friedel, 41, has been dropped in favour of expensive French signing Hugo Lloris while Adkins ponders what to do about his last line of defence.
Adkins has used last season’s first choice Kelvin Davis, young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga and Polish international Artur Boruc already and has not been convinced any are up to the job.
Saints may step in with a loan offer and make the move permanent in January.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This seems slightly premature. Brad Friedel may have been benched for Saturday’s 5-2 North London derby defeat to Arsenal, but the US star has still featured in 10 out of 12 of Tottenham’s league games this season.
Indeed, the last time Hugo Lloris was handed a start in the Premier League, the Frenchman kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa but was still dropped for Spurs next league game against Chelsea. Don’t rule out Friedel returning between the sticks for next Sunday’s clash with West Ham.
That said, it does look enevitable that Lloris will eventually become Spurs’ first-choice custodian. The £12m 25-year-old has had a slow start to life at White Hart Lane but nonetheless remains the France international captain and a hugely talented ‘keeper.
Friedel’s career has been phenomenal but at 41 he is surely in his final year or two as a Premier League goalkeeper and he would undoubtedly not wish to spend it on the bench like teammate Carlo Cudicini.
A move to Southampton would certainly keep Friedel busy, with Saints shipping goals all over the shop. But Friedel has never shirked a challenge and would be a fantastic role-model for promising young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga, who is currently Saints number one.
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