Spurs indicate ambition with Freidel signing – or do they?
After the season Tottenham have just had, a summer of regrouping, solid planning, and action was necessary as they go in search of finding the spark that died so badly towards the end of last season – with the Champions League the target once more.
But their first signing of the summer is a far from spectacular one – Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel has joined the club in the twilight of his career. Now, Friedel is an excellent keeper, and has proved himself one of the finest in the Premier League over and over again.
But it is not his ability that is in doubt, more the thinking behind his signing.
The American is now 40-years-old and likely has two at most season at the top level left in him – what does this say about Tottenham’s ambition?
When boss Harry Redknapp speaks of building something significant at White Hart Lane and challenging for a top four place, few Spurs fans would have predicted this meant a wheeler dealer type deal – a sort of get ‘em in old and cheap for a few seasons to do a short term job and remove all continuity.
Heurelho Gomes needed replacing, there is no doubt about that.
Interestingly, Manchester United have found themselves in a similar situation of needing to replace their goalkeeper, and look to have done a deal for talented youngster David De Gea for around 17 million.
Now that figure may seem a lot, but when you take into consideration he is 20-years old, one of the most promising keepers of his generation and could theoretically be at the club for 15 years, the deal starts to make sense.
Redknapp will have no such luxury. Sir Alex Ferguson has dealt with the issue and will be hopeful of not even having to look at another keeper for a decade or so, while Redknapp continues to scavenge around from season to season.
With Luka Modric and Gareth Bale the target for the big boys of European football, Redknapp must show he has the ambition to push the top four as hard as possible – something he worryingly described as near impossible when the season finished, a comment which provoked the response of “why even bother then?” from the Spurs faithful.
Redknapp is playing with fire at Tottenham at the moment, and is doing little to endear himself to the watching crowd.