The Tottenham goalkeepers for the 2014-15 season are Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Brad Friedel, giving Spurs great experience and cover in their squad.
The decision of Hugo Lloris to sign a new contract with Tottenham on his return from the World Cup Finals has been a great bonus for the club. In his two seasons with Spurs, Lloris has shown remarkable consistency and even when the team was struggling he maintained his high standards and was frequently selected as ‘Man of the Match’ by HotspurHQ readers.
Hugo Lloris has played 78 games for Tottenham in all competitions over the past two seasons. He has kept 29 clean sheets and with his reaction saves and speed off his line is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. For long periods in a game he can be inactive but is able to maintain his concentration to pull off outstanding saves as we saw frequently last season.
Taking just two games as an example, Lloris made a number of crucial saves in the home win against Everton who, but for Lloris, would have been two or three goals ahead in the early stages of the match. Similarly, at Newcastle it was Lloris who kept Spurs in the game with his performance which then enabled Tottenham to produce their best away result of the season, winning 4 – 0 at St.James’ Park.
Lloris is an extremely brave and fearless goalkeeper, rushing out as a sweeper to challenge at the feet of strikers bearing down on goal. Over the years there have been many outstanding Tottenham goalkeepers and Hugo Lloris has set himself alongside them in the past two seasons at White Hart Lane.
Retaining the services of Hugo Lloris has been very important for Tottenham this summer.
The Dutch international goalkeeper has shown in the past three seasons with Swansea City that he is a top goalkeeper. At 30 years of age, Vorm can challenge Lloris for that first team place and will be a very reliable deputy for the Cup and European matches.
In three seasons at Swansea, Vorm made 89 league appearances and was in their League Cup winning team in 2013. He made his debut for Holland in 2008 and has played in 15 international matches and was included in the World Cup squad during the summer. He came on as a late substitute in the play-off for 3rd/4th place as Holland defeated Brazil.
Brad Friedel continues to defy the years and played in Tottenham’s opening 4 pre-season friendlies with Lloris and Vorm returning late from the World Cup.
In three seasons at White Hart Lane, Friedel has made 67 appearances and kept 19 clean sheets in all competitions. In his first season, he brought a sense of calm to the Spurs defence after the Heurelho Gomes years. In that initial season Friedel kept 14 clean sheets and when Lloris was signed the following summer, Andre Villas-Boas continued with Friedel for the opening months of the season.
After a record setting sequence of 310 consecutive Premier League games, AVB selected Lloris for the home win over Aston Villa in October, 2012. The final game of Friedel’s run stretching back over 9 seasons and three clubs was Spurs memorable 3 – 2 win at Old Trafford.
Friedel has served Spurs well over the past three seasons and with his dedication to fitness, even at 43 years of age, will be a reliable third choice goalkeeper should he be required during the season.
Young Tottenham Goalkeepers
The Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper, has gone out on loan with Northampton Town until January. Jordan Archer was part of the squad last season and was an unused substitute on a number of occasions. Hopefully, this loan deal will give him the opportunity of gaining experience in the Football League although he was on the bench for Northampton’s opening game of the season.
He travelled with the tour party to North America and with Jordan Archer having to return home due to illness, he was second choice to Friedel. Luke McGee played for the Under-18 and Under-21 side last season and will be the first choice keeper for the Under-21 team this season. While on tour, he came on as a substitute for the final 12 minutes in the game against Chicago Fire.
The 17-year-old played for the Spurs XI in the win against Dagenham and Redbridge. Harry Voss is in his 2nd year in the Spurs Academy and will be looking to play regularly for the Under-18 team this season and also play some games with the Under-21 team.
Tom Glover is 1st year in the Academy and won the ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ at last weekend’s Eurofoot Under-19 competition in Belgium as a young Tottenham side finished 4th. Luke McGee had won the same award the previous season. Glover is from Australia and joined Tottenham last March from New South Wales based Sutherland Sharks.
Tottenham, at present, are well placed with three outstanding experienced goalkeepers with young keepers looking to gain experience and have the opportunity to impress while vying for the opportunity to step closer to the first team squad.