When asked if the Mexican goalkeeper would excel in the English league, former U.S. international shot-stopper said the league "is not for every goalkeeper."Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa may have been the top goalkeeper during the group stage of the World Cup, but that doesn't mean he'd be a good fit for the English Premier League, says former U.S. shot-stopper Brad Friedel.
Ochoa, who allowed just three goals in four matches in Brazil and had a standout performance in a scoreless draw with the host country, will be looking for a new team this summer after leaving French club Ajaccio following a three-year stint in Ligue 1. The 28-year-old is expected to play in a top-flight European league next season.
However, Tottenham veteran Friedel isn't sure if the Premier League is the right place for the Mexican.
"The Premier League is not for every goalkeeper," Friedel said during a chat on his Sony Fan Ambassador blog. "Every goalkeeper that comes to the Premier League has to get used to the physicality of it. I think he is a wonderful shot-stopper, very quick, but you never know how a goalkeeper would deal with the physical nature of the Premier League until they are there."
Ochoa and Mexico were eliminated from the World Cup following a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. They had finished second in Group A following two wins and a draw.