Two Tottenham keepers are in the news today. One probably departing and the other one perhaps hinting at a summer move, should Spurs fail to make the top four. With the other keeper the oldest player in the Prem, the No1 position, suddenly comes into the spotlight as a potential problem for next season.
Firstly, and I must say that the comments might well have been twisted to suit an agenda, but Hugo Lloris has supposedly hinted of a move away, should Spurs fail to make next seasons Champions League. As with one or two other players, Llois wanting and expecting CL football is hardly surprising, as he is one of the best in the world at his position, whilst also having a great mix of relative youth (at 27) and experience to make him a player that would surely be attractive to a few elite teams across Europe.
One thing that concerns me at WHL is that he remains an almost unique keeper in terms of how he plays and adopts the sweeper/keeper ethos, that is far more proactive that other Prem keepers and you would imagine is ideal for a club like Barcelona, who like to play a high line. We have repeatedly discussed the problem with having different mentalities with out two keepers since the arrival of Lloris, but if you are wanting to bring in a like for like keeper to Hugo, is that almost impossible, or alternatively do we look for a more Steady Eddie type in terms of having a more traditional model for the future.
For our second keeper, it seems that Heurelho Gomes, might at last be on his way, with pics of him being in Eindhoven, with you assume a return to PSV. Personally I would be very happy for Gomes, as I feel he has been unfairly treated at Spurs or at least unluckily so. Sure Gomes makes some howlers, but so has Lloris at times. Where our Brazilian suffers for me is that he creates uncertainty in our defence with a will he/won't he problem when coming for a ball. With Lloris, you know pretty certainly that he will go for it, whilst in the case of Friedel, the opposite applies that he will let his defence deal with it, however both are consistent in their ways. Gomes, wasn`t.
Should we lose Gomes, there is the question over whether we will bring in a new third choice or promote Jordon Archer to the role? I suppose much depends on what is happening to Brad in the summer, whether he stays or goes, whilst the same may sadly apply to Hugo. Spurs have been linked with Forest keeper Karl Darlow, whilst I also heard a whisper that Reading`s highly rated Alex McCarthy had been looked at. Both are young, English and considered great prospects. You assume should we lose Hugo, we would be looking for a more experienced first choice, but lets hope we nock that CL spot and don`t have to worry about that happening...