Paul Robinson claims Spurs first team regular should have been dropped

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Paul Robinson has challenged Hugo Lloris to rediscover his best form after what has been a challenging season for the Tottenham Hotspur captain.

The Frenchman has made a number of errors during the season which have led to the North London side conceding goals.

Lloris has been guilty of blunders against Southampton and Brighton and was once again considerably below his best in the Champions League round of 16 second leg defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

Robinson, who has also played in goal for Spurs claimed that the 33-year-old was unlikely to have been dropped under former boss Mauricio Pochettino given their close relationship.

The former goalkeeper suggested that a spell out of the spotlight in the Spurs starting eleven may have been a wise decision for Lloris given his inconsistency.

Lloris returned to action for Spurs in March following a three-month lay off following his dislocated elbow but has continued to struggle from game-to-game.

“I think before his injury, he was poor, he didn’t play particularly well,” Robinson told Football Centre on Sky Sports (11/03/20 at 11:25 am).

“And there were calls for him to be taken out of the team. His relationship with Pochettino was a very, very close one, so I don’t know whether that would have happened or not. 

“In hindsight, you need someone to say ‘just have a little rest, come out of the team for a couple of weeks’. If the manager handles it correctly by saying ‘you are going to have three or four games out, you’re not playing particularly well,  but you’re coming back in. You have been dropped, but it’s a rest’.

“Like Frank has done at Chelsea with Kepa. There is a time where they need to be taken out of the spotlight. Hugo’s injury perhaps came at the right time for him because the pressure was mounting on him and you could see him crumbling a little under that pressure. The rest he has had and the time away from the game would be good for him.

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