Former Liverpool defender calls for Spurs to replace Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris
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Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has claimed the time has come for Tottenham Hotspur to replace Hugo Lloris as the club’s number one goalkeeper.

The 60-year-old has claimed that the World Cup winner is prone to making too many basic mistakes between the sticks over the past year and a half.

Lloris signed a new contract with Tottenham in January which will keep him in north London until the summer of 2024.

Spurs brought in Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta last summer to try to provide competition for Lloris, but failed to rival the 35-year-old with the club passing on the opportunity to make the deal permanent and instead opted to bring in Fraser Forster on a free transfer to become understudy.

Antonio Conte’s side have been active in the summer transfer window having brought in five new faces, however it looks as if a replacement for Lloris is not on their shopping list ahead of the new campaign.

Nicol told ESPN: “I think they need a new goalkeeper,”

“Lloris, as good as he has been, has been making too many basic errors over the last 18 months.”

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This is somewhat of a harsh assessment of Lloris, considering the French international has been in superb form since recovering from the dislocated elbow he suffered at Brighton in 2019.

Lloris’ distribution with the ball is arguably the weakest point of his game, but is still more than capable of being Tottenham’s number one for the next couple of seasons.

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  1. Lloris is a great shot stopper but his distribution is both poor and slow. As a counter attacking team he needs to release the ball quicker and more precisely.

  2. Yes, he’s a great shot stopper, but is often in the wrong position which is why he is often rooted to the spot while the ball flies past him. I also hate when we continuously pass back to him as his kicking is often all over the shop.

  3. Yes, I’m a Spurs fan and huge Lloris. He’s probably been out greatest keeper in the league.
    We need someone younger and fresh.
    I think the below are best options:
    Dean Henderson – Man Utd
    Gregor Kobel – Borussia Dortmund
    Justin Bijlow – Feyenoord
    Unai Simon – Atletic Bilbao


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