Tottenham signed French shotstopper Hugo Lloris on transfer deadline day but it appears he will have to wait for his debut following his American team-mate’s tremendous showing in their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
And Roberts feels that, for the time being, Friedel deserves to keep his spot as their number one but insists it is likely that Lloris will gradually replace him at White Hart Lane.
“I think it’s the right thing for the moment,” Roberts told talkSPORT. “Brad Friedel played that well the other day [against Norwich] that if you drop somebody after that then you have a big problem. That goalkeeper will say, ‘I’ve have no future here so I might as well go’.
“When you pay £12million for a goalkeeper – France’s number one – who has played 40 games in the Champions League, I would have thought that before he signed he would be number one.
“But Brad did play well, so you give him another game and you say, ‘go on, you’re in there. Keep it [the number one shirt]’.
“You have to fight for your place. Nobody is guaranteed first-team football. If you say to the goalkeeper, ‘you’re number one’ and he makes lots of mistakes then you’ve got a problem.
“I would think it won’t be too long [before Lloris is first choice] unless Villas-Boas didn’t buy him.”