Andre Villas-Boas left Hugo Lloris out of his Tottenham Hotspur team which faced Carlisle last night. Fans and media shouldn't overreact...
It is not Villas-Boas' fault that Didier Deschamps stuck his nose into his business at Spurs and stirred up a whole lot on controversy.
Brad Friedel is the current number one, and has done nothing to deserve being dropped, although clearly at 41 he will be phased out when the time is right. That's why Hugo Lloris was bought; but it does not mean the American should simply step aside, despite what the new boy's international boss thinks.
But with the recently stirred hornet's nest, the immediate reaction on hearing Cudicini was preferred to Lloris, was (a) why? and (b) why would AVB make even more of a problem for himself?
Well actually it made perfect sense, and is just a bit of wise planning from AVB. You see Lloris and Friedel are not the only goalkeepers he has to keep happy at the Lane, Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes remain, and the manager is merely trying to manage and rotate his squad as best he can.
That means giving a chance to as many as possible, with the season in its infancy, and as a new manager, he will want to be as fair as possible and give the players he sees day-to-day in training a chance.
Lloris got his shot last week in the Europa League away to Lazio, and performed well. He will get plenty more opportunities to stake his claim, and should not be perturbed at last night's omission.
In fact being thrown into the potentially tricky away tie on a wet and windy night in Carlisle could have done far more harm than good to the Frenchman, who had he been on the end of a giant killing would have been haunted by it so early on into his career, while Cudicini has seen it all before.
From a tactical point of view, who would you rather play, (a) a goalkeeper who has considerable experience in the English game, playing in cup ties away to smaller teams in similar atmospheres or (b) a new signing yet to make his mark in English football and who would be better suited to taking it all in from the sidelines?
AVB made the right call for last night, Lloris will get his chances, and the manager should get a break from the sniping, when all he is trying to do is balance his options and find a way forward.
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