Paul Robinson has admitted that he is surprised by the drop off in Hugo Lloris’ form over the past few weeks.
Lloris has been extremely consistent for the majority of the past twelve months to the extent where Jose Mourinho labelled the Frenchman as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and insisted that he was among the top three in world football.
However, the 34-year-old has made some high-profile error over the last few weeks and has come under a lot of scrutiny as a result.
The goalkeeper was blamed for a couple of the goals that Tottenham conceded in their 5-4 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup last week and failed to cover himself in glory at the Etihad on Saturday after Spurs were brushed aside 3-0 by Manchester City.
Some pundits have called for the Spurs number one to be dropped and urged Mourinho to hand Joe Hart an opportunity.
While Robinson acknowledged that Lloris has been in very good form since returning from an injury lay off last year, he claimed that the France international now looks short of confidence.
The former Spurs goalkeeper told Football Insider: “I think he has been really poor in the last few games, which has surprised me because I thought he looked like he was back to his best.
“He had the shoulder injury last season and since his return, he has been fantastic. He has looked strong, agile and confident.
“But the game against Liverpool he should have done better with two of the goals and again at Manchester City he looked nervy and on edge.
“You cannot ever say a goalkeeper should save a penalty but he will be disappointed he did not save the one from Rodri. It hit him in the middle arm.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Lloris is deserving of the criticism he has been getting as he has made some poor errors recently. It is certainly worrying as it is very difficult for goalkeepers to regain their confidence once they have lost it.
However, calls for him to be dropped are premature as the Frenchman was in fantastic form till the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. There are a lot of other positions in the pitch that we need to address before considering upgrading on Lloris.
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