BBC football pundit Garth Crooks has named two Tottenham Hotspur players in his Premier League team of the week.
The former Spurs player has included both Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen in his selection for their heroics in the North London derby against Arsenal on Saturday at Wembley.
Crooks has been known for his critical comments of Lloris in the past where he has admitted that he is not a fan of the Spurs skipper and believes that he makes to many errors in games which matter (BBC).
Lloris denied Arsenal a late derby victory with his superb penalty save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Vertonghen’s challenge from the rebound proved to be equally as important in keeping the score at 1-1.
The draw meant that Spurs maintain their four point advantage over their neighbours in the Premier League table as the race for a top four finish hots up.
Only one Arsenal player made it into Crooks’ team, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
He told BBC Sport: “Regular readers of my team of the week will know my views on Hugo Lloris. There is no doubt in my mind he can keep goal but not well enough for a top four club.
“That might sound a little incongruous for a France World Cup winner but standards are not what they used to be. His performance against Chelsea yet again emphasised my point that you can be a very good shot-stopper and not a world-class goalkeeper.
“This became abundantly clear against Arsenal. Lloris’s ability to stop shots was evident again when he saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty and Tottenham’s blushes. To lose for the third consecutive game and against the enemy would have been just too much.”
When commenting on Vertonghen, he added: “I have always been a great admirer of Jan Vertonghen. Whenever I have interviewed him – and I have on numerous occasions – he has always been thoughtful, polite and generous with his time.
“Against Arsenal he was ruthless, impolite and mean-spirited. Just the sort of attitude you want from your centre-back in the middle of a north London derby.
“The tackle on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately after Hugo Lloris’s penalty save was magnificent. In fact it was better than the penalty save itself.”
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