Emile Heskey has warned clubs who are pursuing rumoured Tottenham target Sam Johnstone to not get too carried away with his performances for West Brom since being a goalkeeper for a top side is a completely different challenge.
Lloris has come under a lot of criticism for some of the individual errors that he has made over the last few weeks.
Jose Mourinho has defended his number one, insisting that a few errors do not make a top player like an average one.
However, there has been some speculation suggesting that Spurs are on the lookout for the 34-year-old’s successor, with Johnstone being one of the goalkeepers said to be on the North Londoner’s radar.
Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle suggested that his former side could move for the West Brom number one during the summer window, insisting that the former Manchester United product will only get better over the coming years (The Glenn Hoddle Show).
However, Heskey has warned that it is much more difficult being a goalkeeper for a top side than it is to play between the sticks for a team like West Brom, who are likely to face plenty of shots.
Reacting to the speculation surrounding Johnstone’s future, the former England striker told HITC: “He’s attracting attention. The only thing I would say is – I speak to goalkeepers, I’m friends with goalkeepers – when you’re playing at a club where you have a lot to do, making 15 saves (in one game) is nothing.
“When you play at a top club where you only have to make two, that’s difficult. You only have to concentrate on two occasions, whereas when you’re constantly being peppered with shots, you’re always at it.
“I think he’s done fantastic and I do feel there will be teams looking at him, but (stepping up to a higher level) won’t be as easy as it looks.”
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Heskey makes a very good point in alluding to the difficulty for goalkeepers in maintaining their concentration levels despite being barely involved in a game. Irrespective of how good Johnstone is, it is way too early to be suggesting that Lloris’ time as Tottenham number one is up, particularly considering that he was one of our most consistent performers until a couple of weeks ago.
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