Football pundit Craig Burley has been speaking to ESPN about Hugo Lloris’ injury and has suggested Tottenham Hotspur may wish they had signed Keylor Navas during the January transfer window.
Lloris has come in for a fair bit of criticism this season, after four big mistakes this term leaving him as the player with the most errors leading to goals in the Premier League. There were even some calls for the Spurs skipper to be dropped from the team.
Now, Spurs are left with no choice, after Lloris picked up a knee injury during the 1-0 win over Manchester City last weekend. It is expected the Frenchman will be out for between six to eight weeks (Telegraph).
Fraser Forster is now likely to step in as the new number one at Tottenham for the duration of Lloris’ absence. Frustratingly, the transfer window closed just over a week ago, leaving Spurs with little chance to bring in cover for the goalkeeper position.
There are rumours Spurs may look to sign Ben Foster on a free transfer to alleviate the situation (Mirror). But, there is one player who just arrived in the Premier League that Spurs may wish they had signed in January.
That’s according to Burley, who said: “You mentioned to me earlier, Keylor Navas going to Nottingham Forest. It’s all about timing.
“If you could have got somebody like that in on loan until the end of the season, if Lloris had got himself injured a little bit earlier, that’s a different kettle of fish, getting that quality of keeper in. It’s a big step up again, I think, for Fraser Forster.”
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Hindsight is a fine thing, of course, but it is a shame we didn’t look to solve the goalkeeper position during January. Lloris needs replacing long-term anyway and was not having a good season so far, so it’s disappointing that we are now in this position. However, I’m sure Forster will do just fine.
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