Tottenham Hotspur have had a number of weak links in recent weeks, but one unexpected poor performer has come in the form of Hugo Lloris.
Lloris had started the season extremely positively, pulling off a number of great saves in the early matches to earn some vital points for his team.
However, just as it seemed as if the Frenchman had turned a corner in a Spurs shirt, the mistakes started to creep in yet again.
First, the failed Cruyff turn against Southampton which resulted in a Danny Ings tap-in, then his blunder against Brighton at the weekend that saw the hosts take the lead inside three minutes.
Unfortunately, Hugo also picked up a nasty injury as he landed in the latter mistake, and will now be out until 2020 with a dislocated elbow (Tottenham).
Ex-Footballer, Tony Cascarino, has now claimed that he has never been a fan of the France and Tottenham captain, stating that Lloris is not good enough with his feet.
He said (Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT – 09/10/19 at 6:00 am): “I have never been a fan of Lloris. I think he’s a great shot-stopper. He makes certain types of saves. He’s not good with his feet. And he can sometimes make horrendous errors. He did one in the World Cup final, but he has won the World Cup.
“His last mistake, where he gets injured, he tried to catch the ball, fell into the goal and realised he’s going to carry the ball into the goal. If you’re not good with your feet, in terms of feet movement, you’re not going to be a very good goalkeeper. There was a goal against Bayern Munich, where Lloris has been beaten, he hasn’t used his feet to get across and the ball has been wiped in one way, and then comes in and gone into the far corner. I think it was the second goal. It’s a goal I think he needs to save.
“I don’t think Lloris has got great foot movement. I don’t think Courtois when he was at Chelsea, had great foot movement – Lloris has struggled with that.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
While I think that Lloris’ shot-stopping makes up for his errors in judgement across a whole season, Spurs need a keeper who can do both. I believe that Hugo will remain at Spurs for another couple of years, but when Pochettino does invest in a new keeper, he needs to find one who excels with the ball at his feet.
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