Opinion: The one man Spurs should be looking to sign to replace Hugo Lloris

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has been the first-choice goalkeeper for the vast majority of his time in North London since arriving from Lyon in the summer of 2012.

However, the ageing goalkeeper is now 34-years-old (Wikipedia) and his mistakes against Liverpool may push Spurs towards at least thinking about his future replacement.

Gianluigi Donnarumma is the perfect replacement, in my opinion. The Italian is just 21 years old (Wikipedia), despite having been in the AC Milan first team for over five years. The 6ft 5in goalkeeper has already made 229 appearances for the Rossoneri (Transfermarkt).

Some may say that he would be difficult to buy, however, the Italian giant is out of contract in the summer (MSN).

There have been rumours, voiced by technical director Maldini, that new contract had frozen during the January transfer window (Sempre Milan).

It is clear that AC Milan want to keep their star player. But, if Daniel Levy takes money from his wallet, then anything could happen. He is one the best negotiators out there and could easily lure the Italian to Hotspur way.

Many people in the Spurs community might say that Lloris is still world-class and deserves to start. Personally, there is no doubt that Lloris is a star player who has been incredibly loyal to us for over eight years.

However, Donnarumma is almost 13 years younger than him and the opportunity to get him on a free transfer cannot be turned down.

Donnarumma has some amazing attributes, shown by over 60 clean sheets over seven seasons at AC Milan. He has also made over 575 saves within this time frame (ESPN) and he has a superb save percentage of over 70% (Total Football Analysis).

If you compare this to World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris, the Frenchman has a higher save percentage this season with 79%. The Spurs captain has made 66 saves during that time in the Premier League (fbref).

This may be slightly higher when compared to Donnarumma, however, with the Italian still only just entering his twenties, he has the potential to grow into one of the world’s greatest. Keeping Lloris at Spurs with Donnarumma too the perfect plan.

Hugo would be able to mentor and teach Gianluigi with his vast experience, showing him how to be a leader in the sink or swim Premier League. The last thing we would want to do is throw Donnarumma in at the deep end and watch him flop like Kepa.

Therefore, this is why I think Daniel Levy should look to bring the Italian to the white side of North London. The young keeper has the potential to a first-choice for the Lilywhites for many years to come.

We cannot turn this opportunity down. Daniel Levy, sign him now!

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