Tottenham Hotspur may have performed highly in the Champions League and Premier League until recently, but for many of the players, it has been far from their best season.
The once solid defence has looked shaky, with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth, and Davinson Sanchez being liabilities at times.
Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in midfield have not been at their attacking heights this campaign either, and even Harry Kane hasn’t quite matched his goal scoring record of recent years.
However, perhaps the one player who has underperformed the most is Spurs’ captain and keeper Hugo Lloris, who has made several high profile mistakes of late.
Ex-Spurs player Jermaine Jenas believes that Hugo has now broken the trust of the Tottenham team, and admits he would have lost faith in him by now.
He also claims that if he were Pochettino, he would have dropped Lloris for Gazzaniga after the awful series of errors leading to Liverpool’s late winner a week ago.
Jenas said (Daily Mail): ‘I would have lost trust in Hugo Lloris by now. We’re not talking about an average keeper. This is a player thought of as being in the top five in the world.
‘He is a World Cup winner. If Lloris was honest with himself, he has not performed for two years. He has been way below the standards of what he is capable. We all go through these moments as players. When it is a goalkeeper, it is highlighted.
‘Their mistakes cost a team goals, cost them points, positions and even Champions League places. We saw that for Liverpool’s winner. He has had too many of those moments.
‘Yes, he has had his high moments. But I’m not sure these up and downs are what Spurs need now. They need consistency in their keeper. The defenders want to look back and think: ‘Yes, he’s going to come and catch this.’
‘There has been a breakdown between the defence and Hugo. That comes from trust, not from ability. Hugo’s displays have broken that trust. I’d have replaced him with Paulo Gazzaniga after the Liverpool game.
‘I understand why Mauricio Pochettino gave him the Crystal Palace match, being the first game in the new stadium, and now the manager has made that call he has to stick with him.’
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