Even though he has been at White Hart Lane for less than a week, new goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is already unhappy with Andre Villas-Boas according to Didier Deschamps. The France manager claims that Tottenham’s new shot stopper is not satisfied about his position as Brad Friedel’s deputy and hopes that the situation changes soon.
Spurs have made no secret of the fact that a new goalkeeper has been at the top of their shopping list through the summer, with the club looking to find a permanent replacement for the aging Friedel. However, considering the fact that Friedel is still one of the best players in his position in the top flight, any goalkeeper signing for the club would already have a battle to claim the no.1 jersey. This appears to have happened in this case, with Villas-Boas allowing the American to keep his shirt until he deserves to be replaced by Lloris.
Unsurprisingly, this is a move that hasn’t gone down well in France. According to Lloris’ national team manager Deschamps, the player does not appreciate the fact that his new manager has gone public with his goalkeeper plans. He said, “I saw what Villas-Boas said and these statements surprised me. I’m not going to create a problem that I don’t have to today, I have other problems to solve, but, if it happens, it deserves consideration. I do not want Hugo put in this situation. He did not appreciate the statements. You all know the value of Hugo. He is focused on these two games [for France] and I hope that after it will go well for him.”
Even though Spurs have opened the season in poor fashion, Friedel can be hardly blamed for this start and he could consider himself unfortunate to be excluded from the team in the near future. However, after the club shelled out so much money on Lloris, it is understandable for many to believe that the Frenchman should be a first team regular.