Hugo Lloris has backed his compatriot Clement Lenglet to be successful at Tottenham next season.
Lenglet has joined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona, with the Frenchman expected to compete with both Ben Davies and Eric Dier for the left centre-back and central sweeper roles respectively next season (Football.London).
The 27-year-old’s arrival was not met with as much enthusiasm from the Spurs fan base as some of the club’s other summer signings, partly due to the centre-back’s struggles at Barca over recent times.
Lloris, who has played with Lenglet for Les Blues, believes the former Sevilla man could use his move to Tottenham as a springboard to get back into the French national set-up ahead of the World Cup.
The Tottenham captain told Football.London: “About Clement, I’m really happy.
“Obviously, I would have preferred him to be here (in South Korea) with the team but it was not to be and he is working very hard to make sure he is going to be ready to work with the team soon.
“You know he’s the kind of player who is going to help the team, obviously with his experience, having played in a club like Barcelona and also his experience with the national team, even if the last few times he was not called, I think he has the ambition to get back in the national team.”
Lloris described Lenglet as a ‘modern defender’ and insisted that the on-loan Barca star possesses the attributes necessary to succeed in the Premier League. The goalkeeper also backed the summer signing to fit in well into the Tottenham dressing room.
The Spurs captain added: “As a player, I think he’s a modern defender, comfortable to be able to play from the back, he has a great left foot and he can be very strong in one vs one and he’s strong in the air.
“Even if it’s never easy when you arrive in the Premier League and he will have to adapt to the intensity of the games but he is a high-level player.
“Also I’m even more happy because I have a good connection with him and also a great relationship with him. He has a great personality and he will adapt well to the team.”
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There is no reason why Lenglet cannot succeed as a part of Conte’s back three as the Frenchman will have a lot more role clarity than he did at Barca, which will eliminate some of his poor decision-making.
The Frenchman’s arrival could also bring the best out of Ben Davies, who will not give up his place in the starting eleven without a fight.
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