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Assou-Ekotto: Lloris must earn his chance

11 September 2012 19:52

Benoit Assou-Ekotto says Hugo Lloris that he will have to fight Brad Friedel for the right to become Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper.

Lloris joined the north London club on transfer deadline-day but despite being France's number one, he faces a challenge getting into the starting line-up at Spurs following an excellent start to the season by veteran Friedel.

Assou-Ekotto, who played in France for Lens, believes former Lyon stopper Lloris is likely to have to wait for Friedel to make a mistake before he gets an opportunity to establish himself in the English Premier League.

Speaking to RMC, fullback Assou-Ekotto said: "It won't be easy for him (Lloris) because there is competition.

"Number one keeper in the French team or not, he will have to fight to get the position in the team. We currently have a keeper that doesn't make any mistakes, who is very well-known in Great Britain.

"To start I believe Lloris will be number two. If our keeper doesn't make any mistakes there is no reason to change."

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said last week Friedel was the club's first-choice keeper, which prompted France coach Didier Deschamps to express his concern at Lloris' situation.

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