Andy Gray has revealed that Hugo Lloris frightens him as an option between the sticks due to his tendency to remain on his line, rather than come out and use his feet.
When asked to pick a combined XI between England and France, the football pundit went for Everton star Pickford because of his kicking talents.
After a few years of arguably the most consistent form of his Tottenham career, there have been a few errors creeping into Lloris’ game of late, and Gray believes that has carried over to international duty.
While no one can deny that the Frenchman is one of the top shot-stoppers in the Premier League, if not the world, he lacks composure and consistency with the ball at his feet, which is a major part of the modern game.
Pickford, on the other hand, is not as talented at making world-class saves, but rarely lets you down once he has the ball under his control.
Gray said (beIN Sports 06/12/22): “He has never let England down. But Lloris frightens me because he never leaves his line. He is a line goalkeeper. His feet aren’t great.
“He nearly cost his side a goal against Poland. The best chance Poland had was because he couldn’t clear the ball properly.
“One thing with Pickford is that he can club the ball. He doesn’t mess about with it.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
If you could combine the saves of Hugo Lloris and the feet of Jordan Pickford, that would be some keeper! It all just depends on what kind of football you play and what you want to prioritise. I would rather a world-class saver who is bad with his feet than the other way around, to be honest.
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