Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been voted as the second most likeable player in the Premier League after Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta in a poll run by FootballFanCast.com.
Out of nearly 3,000 votes, 406 fans (15%) voted the American custodian as the second most likeable player, beating the likes of team mate Scott Parker (11%), captain of current Premier League champions Vincent Kompany (11%) and Peter Crouch (8%).
FootballFanCast has been polling 12,000 football fans, picking their brains at what makes a footballer favourable or unfavourable, aiming to reveal a set of respected characteristics amongst supporters.
The set of five individual polls raised by FootballFanCast are hoped to provide a complete profile of modern footballers.
It may not be surprising that Friedel is so high on your ‘likeable’ list given his long and respected tenure in the Premier League having chalked up a mighty 468 appearances spanned across four clubs in 15 years – Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Spurs.
The American currently finds himself in a two-way tussle for the number one spot at White Hart Lane, with French international regular Hugo Lloris having been signed by Andre Villas-Boas on deadline day.
On the contrary, polls found Luis Suarez, John Terry and Ashley Cole to be amongst the most hated in the Premier League.
In regards to what supporters respect in modern day footballers, traits of loyalty scored highly at 547 votes out of 1,718 (32%) and there is no doubt that Friedel has displayed loyalty with a notable extended spell at Blackburn from 2000 until 2008.