Former Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam has claimed that Tottenham could upgrade on Hugo Lloris and suggested Leeds United’s Illan Meslier as an option to take over from the Frenchman.
Lloris’s current contract with Tottenham runs out in the summer of 2024 and reports over recent weeks have indicated that Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici have already held talks over a succession plan for the 35-year-old (Evening Standard).
The Tottenham captain came in for plenty of criticism last week after his mistake in the North London derby which led to Arsenal’s second goal, with Garth Crooks labelling the experienced goalkeeper a ‘liability’ for Spurs (BBC Sport).
Meslier is allegedly on Tottenham’s radar, with journalist Phil Hay revealing on The Athletic’s Phil Hay Show last month that Spurs are contemplating a move for the Leeds number one.
Adam believes the 22-year-old could potentially be the Lilywhites’ number-one for the foreseeable future, given his age.
He told Stadium Astro: “Tottenham will be looking at players coming out of contract. The goalkeeping situation, for the last two years, is something they could have improved on.
“I think Lloris has thrown a few goals in as well. I don’t think he’s one of the bravest goalkeepers, in terms of coming for crosses. But he’s had a wonderful career.
“It will be interesting which level they go to, in terms of who they want to buy. I would go for someone younger, who can progress and be there for a long time, then nurture themselves to be at Spurs for a long time and be at the club for six, seven or eight years.
“Like Arsenal went with Ramsdale, they took a risk, but it’s paid off because he’s a top goalkeeper. Maybe go buy a Jordan Pickford or something like that? Possibly (Illan Meslier).
“He’s a young kid, that’s had a couple of years of experience and made mistakes in the Premier League. But Bielsa backed him. Jesse Marsch backed him, so someone like Meslier could be the one for Tottenham in the future.”
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Lloris has been in exceptional form for the last two or three years and has not shown any signs of decline. However, the Frenchman is now at an age where any mistakes he makes will be magnified and used as a reason to suggest that he is no longer good enough for this level.
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