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Brad Friedel (2008-11)


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Despite his age Brad is still a very good keeper yes he has slowed down a bit over the past year but he is still a fantastic stopper and he will be hard to replace. If we were to replace him the kind of quality we would need to fill the void would be in a Goal keeper like Shay Given but he ain't no spring chicken either and it won't be long til age takes its toll on him.

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Brad is a great shot stopper,but who else is out there??goalkeepers seem to spring up and come to form then make howlers when in the spotlight.

Can see Brad with us for one more season then move to a championship club as he his bankrupt he needs an income,if kevin poole is still between the sticks im sure Brad can go a few seasons more.

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I do think that Brad is almost past his "best before date" but he does have the reactions of a 25 year old still to this day,But why are we kncoking him? regardless of the goals conceded, to to be fair he could do nothing about them anyway! in paticular Rooneys goals.

Seems player like Freidal and Petrov divide fans opinon massivley, and they get a lot of stick unfairly.

Having said all that GH needs to add a quality keeper to the shopping list for the summer along with a RB and LB!

Freidal has kept us in games many tim es this season and with his reaction saves he has got us around 10 points of our current tally!! (Everton Home, Man City Home etc)His positives far out way his negatives, yes his habit of hoofing it up the pitch is annoying but as Stu said the fact that we dont win these balls is not entirley down to Freidal, the Midfield has to win the ball also!

If Bannan kept giving Bent great balls to run on to but Bent kept getting beaten to the ball, Bent would be criticized for failing to have the vison and skill to win the ball and score, who would blame bannan? no one.

Now i'm not saying Brads hoof balls are great but you get my point.

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ive said on here a number of times that it is not always brads fault that we lose the ball all the time when he hoofs it down the field. if our players cant win the ball its not brads fault. and in what loyal has just stated reiterates just what ive been saying on numurous occasions, brads been good, age is catching him up. but does not deserve all the criticisms that are given to him. im sure that hollier will pay attention to a keeper when he feels its right. brad still deserves every ones respect, hes done nothing not to as of yet. but i do agree a new keeper even as stand by should be looked at in the summer or near future.

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Whats that saying... Your keeper is only as good as the players in front of him.

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Friedelis ok for maybe this season maximum, i am kind of suprised that we did not get a young english keeper in like Loach, Lewis or Westwood(Irish i know) who would come in and learn from Friedel as we all know Guzan is not good enough for the starting 11. Maybe GH already has someone in mind for the summer.

I think there are better keepers out there Robinson is looking great atm, Gordon i have always rated highly, Kuszczak from UTD is wasted there and deserves a chance. So there are GK's out there who could well have come in and imo improved the team if GH wished to

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Friedelis ok for maybe this season maximum, i am kind of suprised that we did not get a young english keeper in like Loach, Lewis or Westwood(Irish i know) who would come in and learn from Friedel as we all know Guzan is not good enough for the starting 11. Maybe GH already has someone in mind for the summer.

I think there are better keepers out there Robinson is looking great atm, Gordon i have always rated highly, Kuszczak from UTD is wasted there and deserves a chance. So there are GK's out there who could well have come in and imo improved the team if GH wished to

i think well done for at least naming other keepers. i think your the only one to do that.

i have to admit, ive been stuck to think of a keeper available who could do the job as good as or even better than brad did when he first came to us. and i do mean available.

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I don't agree that his distribution is awful. He makes mistakes like all keepers.

I would say his biggest weakness is coming off his line but with the amount of saves he makes, he saves us alot more points than he loses.

As was said, he has a hard job when our defence is so pathetic at times.



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