Jamie Carragher has claimed that Tottenham cannot continue relying on the likes of Emerson Royal and Hugo Lloris if they are to have hopes of winning silverware.

After a strong start to the season, which saw Spurs accumulate their highest-ever points tally in the Premier League era after 10 matches, performances and results have been on the slide over recent weeks.

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The Lilywhites have come in for a fair bit of criticism in the press (ESPN FC) despite the fact they find themselves in third place in the Premier League table and have managed to finish top of their Champions League group. 

The noises coming out of the Tottenham camp continue to be very positive, with Yves Bissouma even insisting last week that he believes the North Londoners can win the Premier League title this season (Sky Sports Football Daily).

However, Carragher has insisted that Antonio Conte’s men cannot compete for major honours unless they change their goalkeeper, and get rid of the likes of Emerson, who he insists is a defensive liability.

The former Liverpool centre-back told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (01/11/22 at 7:55 pm): “For me, Tottenham defensively, there are individual players that are not good enough. Emerson Royal is one of those.

“Also, for me, Hugo Lloris, a World Cup winner. I am not sure he is the guy to take Tottenham to the heights that they want to. 

“For me, a top goalkeeper saves that (Edwards’s goal for Sporting). Hugo Lloris is a good goalkeeper, but not a great one. I think, if Tottenham want to win anything big, then they need to change their keeper.”

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Goalkeepers are often the most difficult to judge as one would need to watch them week-in and week-out to assess them properly as the position is more about consistency over the long term.

I can see why some pundits are critical of Lloris as he does make more than his fair share of mistakes, which often make the highlight reels. However, most Spurs fans, who watch him regularly, would agree that the Frenchman saves us a lot more points than he costs us.

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