Ex-Spur claims that former team-mate would ‘fit the bill’ in North London

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Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Burnley stopper Nick Pope would be good competition for Hugo Lloris should he move to North London.

Lloris has missed a large chunk of the campaign having dislocated his elbow in the 3-0 defeat at Brighton in October and returned to action.

There have been reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho is looking to bring in another goalkeeper with Michel Vorm’s contract set to expire this summer (Daily Mail).

Spurs have been linked with a number potential new options including Pope (Football.London) and Ajax’s Andre Onana (Daily Mail).

The England international, who has won his place back at Turf Moor, has been in brilliant form this campaign after playing second fiddle to Joe Hart for large parts of last season.

Robinson, who spent a year and a half with Pope during his time at Turf Moor has raved about the 27-year-old’s ability.

Whilst he believes that Pope has the quality to play for a top side, he does not feel that it is time for Spurs to replace Lloris as their number one.

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “If they are to replace Hugo, Popey is a top-class goalkeeper. I spent a lot of time with him at Burnley and he is a top goalkeeper.

“All top clubs carry two very strong number one stroke twos. I do not think Spurs should look to replace Hugo but they need to bring in some strong competition for him and Popey fits that bill.

“Popey is one of the best. He is an excellent shot-stopper and very good at crosses. The only thing that lets him down at times is his kicking but I know he is working very hard on that with Billy Murphy – the goalkeeping coach. He is not shy of working hard and has a great attitude.

“If he does move from Burnley it will be to one of the top clubs.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I agree with Robinson that we do notneed to be looking at replacements for Lloris at present but Pope would certainly be a good option to eventually take over from the Frenchman. The question is whether he will be willing to make the move this summer and be content playing second fiddle to Hugo for a season or two.

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