December 6 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Brad Friedel thinks Tottenham fans won’t have to wait long for their new signings to start gelling because they’re all so good.
Spurs go into today’s north London derby at Arsenal having added seven new recruits to their squad, spending around £90million, which much of the fee they are expected to recoup when Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists he’s not worried by the threat posed by the neighbours to his side’s top four aims this season and believes that the Lilywhites could face a struggle to integrate the new faces into their team.
But Tottenham goalkeeper Friedel insists that Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, have all settled in quickly, while he expects Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches – all signed on Friday – will slot in just as seamlessly.
“When you continue to sign the quality of players that we have, it doesn’t take them too long [to settle],” the American said.
“As people can see, the additions that we’ve made so far have been really good and I don’t just mean on the pitch, I mean around the changing area as well.
“It’s been really good so we’re looking forward to any new quality that comes through the door, if it comes. If it doesn’t come then we’ve got an already strong squad so we’re looking good either way.”
Arsenal have failed to land their top transfer targets this summer so today’s north London derby at the Emirates Stadium will give the first indication of whether Tottenham’s summer business has made them stronger than their bitter rivals.
The aim will be to at least ensure Champions League football, which for the second season running Arsenal pipped them to on the final day of the last campaign.
But even with Bale poised for a switch to La Liga, when he will become the world’s most expensive footballer, Friedel is confident that Spurs will not suffer because of the departure of their star man.
“I can only talk about the time that I’ve been at the club but we’ve made really strong additions each season,” he said.
“I know a lot of the time the media like to focus on one or two items throughout the entire summer but I feel that we’ve done really good business in the transfer market every time.
“This summer is no exception.”
Friedel is unlikely to play against Arsenal, having been usurped as Tottenham’s number one by French international Hugo Lloris, but he did make an appearance in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi to reach the Europa League group stages.
The clean sheet maintained the club’s unblemished record so far this term of four wins, 10 goals and none conceded. It’s a contrast to Arsenal who lost their first game of the campaign at home to Aston Villa, but Friedel insists recent results can be disregarded today.
“[It’s] very early in the season,” he said. “Whenever you’re playing a derby you can throw all sorts of form and statistics out the window.
“We want to go there and make a really good account of ourselves, we’re a confident group and we’re really looking forward to the game and we feel we can get the three points.”