Former Spurs striker Darren Bent has controversially suggested that the Lilywhites might look to sell Hugo Lloris in the summer.
The Spurs skipper has been an excellent servant for the club over the years and has been an important part of the team’s evolution into Champions League regulars.
However, the Frenchman has come under a lot of scrutiny for some of the mistakes he’s made in the last couple of seasons.
Lloris missed several months of action this season with a dislocated elbow after taking an awkward fall during the 3-0 defeat to Brighton back in October.
The Tottenham number 1 has been brilliant since returning to first-team action against Norwich last month and has won the team some crucial points over the last few weeks.
Jose Mourinho reserved special praise for the experienced goalkeeper’s display in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Leipzig on Wednesday (TEAMtalk).
However, Bent believes that the club might have no choice but to sell the former Lyon man as he is unlikely to accept a bit-part role at the club.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former England striker said: “He’s not been Hugo Lloris for the last four seasons, even going back to the World Cup, he was making mistakes.
“It’s tough, when you’ve got a goalkeeper of Lloris’ pedigree, you can’t leave him out. What you’ve got to do, there are certain players that are big to football clubs. When I think about Lloris, he’s not just someone you can leave him on the bench.
“You need to practically move him on and get someone else in because he’s too good a goalkeeper. You’re talking a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, just leaving him on the sidelines, it can’t happen.
“For me, Lloris, while he’s at Spurs he’s always going to be that number one but I think in the summer it wouldn’t surprise me if they addressed that situation and I can see Lloris going to a PSG or someone like that.”
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I do agree that when the time comes we might have to move Lloris on as he is unlikely to accept being benched by anybody else. However, there is no indication for now that he is declining. At 33 years of age, he is still in his goalkeeping prime and looks to have a good three or four years in him.
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