Tottenham fans didn’t see a whole lot wrong with what they already had in Brad Friedel.

They are now being turned round to this move as being a little masterstroke, whether AVB wanted the player in the first place or not. The reason for this is he is part of the way goalkeeping is moving in the Premier League. A transition is going away from the goalkeeper being isolated for the rest of the team and simply there to save shots. A keeper is a very much active member of the team and is seen as the start of a lot of the counter attacking football that goes on.

Hugo Lloris is a prime example of how attention to detail in a goalkeepers play is so pivotal to the functioning of a team. The difference between Friedel and Lloris when they have the ball in their hands is the American chooses to bounce the ball a few times before he finds his man, whereas the Frenchman throws the ball out with accuracy to the wings on distributes to the wings with his feet with precision. I do not mean these aimless throws like Heurelho Gomes used to often deliver that looked impressive but often did not find the target. The distribution of a modern keeper is an aspect of a game that is so underrated. Despite the stereotype of footballers, they have to be smarter and Hugo Lloris illustrates an ability to know his team’s strengths. The keepers are meant to act as a calming influence and that is delivering the ball to a player’s feet. Lloris is aware that Bale and Lennon is the fulcrum of Tottenham’s attacking play and if they are released early with the ball on the floor they can easily wreak havoc.

It is for this very reason that I favour David De Gea to win the battle of wills at Old Trafford with Lindegaard to gain the permanent starting position, and why he commanded a fee of £18 million. There is a large aspect of a keeper’s play that is focussed around the ability to stop shots and have an instinctive nature to be able to stop the trouble. This is not a new commodity; there are several goalkeepers who can shot stop well. Bogdan was a prime example of this at Bolton last season, but you didn’t see a rush for Tottenham to sign him.

The reason for this is his distribution is not on the same level as Lloris. As the Premier League becomes more intricate too it is the goalkeeper’s responsibility to notice this too. Manchester United has been a team that have flourished because of their ability to devastatingly pick teams apart within moments due to incisive passing.  The distribution of the Spaniard is stunning and it is clearly irresponsible for a keeper these days to boot it long and hope his team mates can work from there.  The need to be skilful with their feet is often a talent that is forgotten in the discussion of what keeper’s need. They are footballers after all.

When your team is under pressure and shots are raining down and your number one receives a goal kick it is senseless to pump a long ball to the left, unless you have a play which is functioned around this. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul could take note of the distribution of other keepers in the league, as his is piling pressure upon his teammates. I have never seen Demba Ba’s face light up with glee as a long ball happens to come into his airspace and he has to desperately challenge for the ball.

He has to take what he is given, but this doesn’t exactly encourage him to not panic when he does receive the ball on the floor. Especially when a team is struggling like Newcastle are at the minute you need a keeper who can be there to pass the ball back to and he will simply deliver it to his nearest full back rather than hitting it long and hoping for the best.

It may have been difficult for Tottenham fans to justify wanting Lloris ahead of Friedel when the 41 year old was making such great reflex saves. Now they have had a chance to see Lloris have a longer stint as number one they may be able to see why they have taken a step ahead of other clubs. The same appreciation I expect to occur when David De Gea fully comes of age. The distribution of keeper’s will be become an ever-growing influence in the Premier League.

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  • luxyid
    2 years ago

    I am not sure Tottenham fans didn’t see the point of Lloris’s signing as you are suggesting. Did you see the reception he got on his debut? All Spurs fans knew at the start of the season that we needed a keeper to challenge Brad and also a striker, but little did we know we were going to get one of the top goalies in Europe. So fans’ attitude was, if we got him, then play him, though they know Brad had done a decent job.

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  • Philip Morison
    2 years ago

    Nice article, but your writing style is not exactly flowing. Also, are you sure you know how to use the Saxon genitive?

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      Grant-Miles
      2 years ago

      Thanks I am working on it. I am developing my writing style. I may have got it wrong a few times here. But it is rare.

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  • Dean
    2 years ago

    ‘many thought was a strange move’, who thought it was a strange move? Certainly no spurs fan i know. Friedel is 41, his back up Cudicini is 39. Surely signing a new GK in these circumstances is anything but strange?
    ‘They are now being turned round to this move’, again not sure why you thought spurs fans were against him. When we signed him all the spurs fans i know were over the moon!

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      Grant-Miles
      2 years ago

      The Spurs fans I spoke to thought it was a strange move considering you had two centre forwards and a decent keeper already, so needed to strengthen up top. A left back was wanted to. It just seemed if it weren’t broke why try and fix it attitude came across. I am aware that thought process may not apply to all spurs fans.

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      • SP
        2 years ago

        Yes, but most also knew that even Friedel couldn’t go on playing forever, Cudicini isn’t much younger and may be a decent back-up but wasn’t up to being first choice, and Gomes was likelable and talented but unreliable and injury prone. even the most optimistic must have known that Friedel wouold need to be replaced last Summer or in the one coming. It is never wise to leave things to the last minute – just look at the problems United had bringing an untried de Gea in with no preparation.

        It jsut seemed logical that when a top level goalkeeper was immediately available, and one who suits AVBs style, to mkake a move for him. Most Spurs fans were eager to see him in action.

        We didn’t ‘need’ a back-up left-back, IMHO, we needed to convince Danny Rose that he would get playing time.

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  • luxyid
    2 years ago

    Exactly Dean. Well said. If people don’t have anything to say, they shouldn’t write articles like this to make them look clever. It actually shows them up as the opposite or someone who hasn’t done their home work, or just plain clueless. How can the “author” say stuff about fans when it was hardly the sentiment. You just have to see the reception he got on his debut to see they were very happy to have him.

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  • Ollie
    2 years ago

    I think one of his best skills is his command of his box, he brings a sense of safety to the defenders. Unfortunately for brad he did not command his box well as you can hear Hugo giving instructions. He was also brought in because he is quick of his line which makes me think Andre wanted him because of the high line, this season Hugo has saved many times from people who get behind. I really liked friedel but he never came of his line especially from set pieces which is annoying because sometimes the defenders need some help. I think that Hugo is a breed of new keepers that we will see more of in the future.

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      Grant-Miles
      2 years ago

      Ollie I agree he commands his box well and that is worthy of another article all together about how crucial keepers commanding their box is. All the points you make here are valid ones.

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