Premier League

Another Day, Another Naffin’ Keeper Linked To Tottenham

After reports that Spurs were looking to use this transfer window to replace 40 year old Brad Friedel, Tottenham have been linked to the likes of Cesar, Lloris and Butland. However today the Daily Mail have reported that Spurs are going to make an approach for Roma keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Dutch international moved to the Italian club last summer, after leaving Ajax following 9 successful years with the club. But, reports suggest that the 29 year old is unsettled in Italy and as a result will be allowed to leave the club for an offer of £8 million.

Despite this, Stekelenburg made 29 appearances for the Serie A club last season and with the experience of previously working with new Tottenham signing Jan Vertonghen at Ajax, their communication and relationship which they already developed at the Dutch club could help Spurs drastically next season.

But, just like Gomes, Stekelenburg is a liability. Last season he received 2 red cards in 29 games, in contrast to Lloris’ 1 red card in 36 games. Even though some people might not be put off by this, his inability to handle crosses to add to his poor decision making just makes him a step backwards from Friedel.

Lloris would be the perfect choice for Spurs though. He is younger than Cesar and Stekelenburg at only 25 years old, which allows for long-term planning by Spurs due to a consistent first-choice goalkeeper. Not only this, but as the number one goalkeeper for France as well as captain, his natural leadership could be pivotal when ordering his defence.

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