A goalkeeping analyst working for The Athletic claims that Nottingham Forest stopper Ethan Horvath has similar qualities to a Premier League great.
Horvath will keep goal for the first time since September when Forest travel to Preston North End this evening.
Brice Samba begins a three-match suspension after his sending-off against Stoke tonight and that represents a chance for the USA custodian.
Horvath has made three appearances for the Reds. He played in Carabao Cup games against Bradford and Wolves, whilst he also started against Middlesbrough in September.
Now he has a chance to star in a side that is playing well under Steve Cooper and he will be keen to grasp his chance.
The Athletic has taken a look at the stopper and goalkeeping analyst Matt Pyzdrowski believes he boasts a similar skillset to compatriot Friedel.
He said: “A really good comparison would be with Brad Friedel, the former USA keeper, who had a heck of a career in the Premier League.
“He is tall, he has great reflexes and is a good shot-stopper; as many American keepers have been.
“But he’s modern in the sense that he’s not afraid to be aggressive off his line. Brad liked to stick to his line and rely on his shot-stopping. Ethan is more comfortable leaving his line.
“He is happy to sweep up behind his back-line. In that sense, he reminds me of Nick Pope at Burnley.”
Big chance for Horvath awaits at Forest
Tonight is the night when Horvath will feel he has a serious chance to kick-start his Forest career.
He won’t have been happy with making a mistake in Chris Hughton’s last game against Middlesbrough; although Forest are a different animal now.
Horvath, 26, is at a nice age where he could become a real force at Forest in the coming years.
These comparisons are quite something. Pope has been capped by England, whilst Friedel made 668 appearances during his career.
It does seem likely that Samba will remain as the first choice custodian following his suspension but if Horvath does perform well, Cooper will have some food for thought.