Let’s say this one sounds a bit fish and chippy…and that it’s hard to sell newspapers–oops we couldn’t get the score of the “late game”–not only in the U.S., but overseas these day.
Sunday People in the UK is “reporting” that Aston Villa will make a bid for Sunderland wicketmaster Martin Fulop, with American Brad Friedel not getting younger. Fulop is currently #2 on the depth charts behind Craig Gordon, but widely considered an in-demand netminder.
This, of course, would leave USMNTer Brad Guzan on the outside looking in for more playing time.
We say, “Not happening. Conjecture.” So if you hear other folks reporting this take it with a grain of salt…unless it happens of course.
Fulop has been linked with everybody from Ipswitch Town (Roy Keane his former Sunderland coach wants him) to Greek club, Panathinaikos. The Sunderland message boards seem to agree with the sensationalism as well.
Additionally, Guzan has looked stellar between the posts earlier this year in winning the Peace Cup and most recently as Villa’s keeper of choice for the Carling Cup battles. And let’s be honest, Friedel has looked beyond airtight this year as well.
Finally, the Villians, as we’ve mentioned before, should probably focus on a Gareth Barry replacement….we like Tottenham’s Jermaine Jenas for that role.
After posting this, another thought came to mind: Quick, Tim Howard goes down (heaven forbid) in Game 1 of the group stage of WC 2010. Who do you want between the sticks: Guzan…Perkins? Or Hahnemann?…Or what about, yes, Friedel?