Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Hugo Lloris looks short of confidence and insisted that Tottenham should look to replace the long-serving goalkeeper sooner rather than later.
Lloris has come under a lot of criticism over the past week after his performance in the 5-4 defeat to Everton and the 3-0 loss to Manchester City.
The Frenchman failed to keep out Rodri’s first-half penalty despite guessing the right way and getting a hand to the shot, while he was beaten at his near post for City’s second goal.
There have been calls from some pundits for Jose Mourinho to give Joe Hart a few opportunities but Hoddle admitted that he does not think the former England number one is ready to play a run of games.
However, the legendary Spurs midfielder did suggest that Lloris’ days in North London are number and claimed that the Tottenham captain was suffering from a lack of confidence.
When asked if Mourinho should drop the 34-year-old, Hoddle told The Evening Standard: “I have not felt Lloris has been that safe for probably about four or five months if I am honest.
“I think he is on the back foot, his intent is not there to take crosses, for me he looks like he is doubting himself a little bit.
“I really do believe that long-term Spurs need to replace him at some stage, and sooner than most people would imagine.
“But dropping him? I am not sure we have got the cover there at the moment.
“Joe Hart comes in for Europa League games but I am not sure is ready to play back-to-back games.”
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I cannot see Mourinho dropping Lloris as that would only further dent the Frenchman’s confidence. Besides, Hart has not covered himself in glory in the few opportunities that have come his way.
I believe that there are a lot of other areas in the pitch that are bigger priorities to address before we think about upgrading on Lloris. However, now that the Spurs captain is 34 years of age, the club will likely be assessing options to replace him long-term.
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