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Brad Friedel’s time in Tottenham goal appears to be closing

Brunton Park

It seems that French No. 1 Hugo Lloris will be in Tottenham goal today in a Capital One Cup match against third-tier Carlisle United.

I know what Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says about his goalkeeping situation, that former U.S. international Brad Friedel is his man until further notice.

But we know how these things work. Pressure builds to get the $19 million transfer on the field. Lloris is already making noise. Voices from beyond are lending their support and saying that Lloris will soon be top man in goal at White Hart Lane.

Lloris is already Tottenham’s man for Europa League play; He’ll work the gloves today at Brunton Park (capacity 17,000). Villas-Boas says there will be several lineup changes from the weekend’s EPL result over Queens Park Rangers when Spurs meet the third-tier English side today.

Plus, I see Spurs fans beginning to pick nits in Friedel’s game. He’s not the distributor that Lloris is. His shot-stopping is fine, as always, but does he do enough to command the area and claim the balls that Lloris would presumably go gobble up?

Check out the comments here and you’ll see what I mean. No, lineup selections aren’t made by blogging comments. But public opinion and punditry often fuse to form a powerful force. So the first little wobble (and there will always be a wobble here and there, even for the very best player the world has ever seen) becomes the opening to acquiesce, if only to vent some pressure.

Prediction: Friedel will be a Spurs backup by the middle of October.

Not saying it should happen – just saying that this Hugo Lloris thing is an unstoppable force that it will happen sooner rather than later.