There’s no doubt that the goalkeeper situation at White Hart Lane has taken over far too many newspaper columns than it should have and there has been plenty of speculation about Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel. However, despite all of the controversy, Lloris claims that there are no problems at the club although his main aim is to keep the No.1 jersey.
Lloris joined the club in a high-profile transfer on deadline day, with Spurs desperate to sign a long-term replacement for the aging Brad Friedel. However, with Friedel starting the campaign so successfully, Lloris found it hard to dislodge the American and he rightfully found himself on the bench. This caused something of an uproar in Lloris’ native of France with Didier Deschamps even barging his way in and claiming that it was an outrage that the 25-year-old wasn’t guaranteed a starting place.
The situation certainly altered at the weekend after Lloris finally got the start he has been seeking in the Premier League. Moreover, after keeping a clean sheet against Aston Villa, it’s widely thought that the player will retain his place between the sticks for the foreseeable future. This has obviously delighted Lloris, who has now played down the events of the past couple of months.
He said, “We have to put things into perspective. I just spent a month with Spurs, I arrived during the season with a team in place and I have only missed three games. Against Manchester United, I wanted to be on the pitch. Things are clear, I have not signed for Tottenham for this role (as a substitute). Competition exists everywhere, but relations with Brad Friedel, with goalkeeping coach (Tony Parks) and manager are good.”
Meanwhile, Lloris is likely to start for the French national team as they prepare to take on Japan and Spain over the next few days.