Brad Friedel would make the perfect backroom addition for Tim Sherwood

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper says he would love to return to the club.

A few days ago, Brad Friedel told Sky Sports he'd 'love' to come back to Aston Villa one day. The Tottenham goalkeeper recently announced his retirement from playing - and later told Goals on Sunday:

"I'll be finishing my pro license. I have about 12 months to run on that so I'll be back and forth and obviously with the tie with Tottenham I'll try and come back as much as possible.

"I'll also love to go back to Liverpool, Villa and Blackburn at some stage as the years go by because I really did have a great time at each of those clubs."

Of those clubs the American mentioned, all could do with him. But Aston Villa would need him the most.

The veteran is remembered fondly for his time at Villa Park, although that's true of everywhere he's been. And Friedel's been at many different clubs.

That, though, is what would make his experience so vital at Villa. In the goalkeeping department, the Midlands club have struggled this season. So, whenever Friedel is ready to come on board as a coach, Tim Sherwood could do a lot worse than take him on.

  TeamErrors Leading To A GoalAppearancesMinutes Played
Robert Green QPR 6 36 3,184
Tim Krul Newcastle 5 29 2,610
Asmir Begovic Stoke 4 34 3,060
Brad Guzan Aston Villa 4 34 3,060
Tim Howard Everton 4 31 2,745
Shay Given Aston Villa 1 3 270

As Opta stats show, Aston Villa's previous first-choice shot stopper in Brad Guzan is one of the Premier League's most error-prone goalkeepers, erring four times when the mistake proved costly enough to lead to a goal.

But Shay Given has already erred in just three appearances - not to mention looking all at sea as Southampton put six past him last weekend.

Villa, then, could use all of Friedel's experience as a goalkeeping coach - even if just as a consultant who works alongside a senior coach.

The Aston Villa faithful have voiced their concern over their goalkeepers this season and there may well be new ones at Villa Park next term. But who better to assist them than one of the best-travelled shot stoppers in the game?

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