Paul Robinson has backed Tottenham Hotspur’s reported attempts to extend Hugo Lloris’ stay at the club.
The Frenchman has come under a fair bit of criticism over the last couple of years as more mistakes have started creeping into his game (BBC).
However, the elbow injury that put the 33-year-old out of action for a number of months last season proved a blessing in disguise as Lloris has been almost flawless since his return.
It was reported on Monday that the club had begun preliminary talks with the experienced shot-stopper over a new contract.
The report revealed that Jose Mourinho still considers the French international as his number one, and is happy to have Joe Hart and Paulo Gazzaniga compete to be his main understudy.
Robinson confidently suggested that Spurs cannot hope to get anyone better than Lloris when the former Lyon man is in the form that he currently is.
When asked about Spurs’ rumoured talks with the goalkeeper over a new deal, Robinson told Football Insider: “He still has two years left and that will take him to 35. It will probably be an extra year.
“Lloris is a key figure in the dressing room, the captain and he is vital to the club off the field.
“He has been inconsistent over the past two seasons but listen, he is a World Cup winner and he has all of the experience in the world. If he can recapture the form that he produced a couple of years ago you are not going to get better.
“Look at De Gea, he has had a serious dip in form and while Lloris has been inconsistent he has not been spoken about in the same light as De Gea.”
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When goalkeepers start declining and their confidence gets affected, it is usually very difficult for them to get back to their previous level. I was worried until a year or two ago that Lloris’ decline had begun and that things were only going to get worse for him as we have seen with the likes of De Gea.
However, I have been extremely reassured by Lloris’ form since he returned from his injury lay off. He looks focussed and determined to prove a point and I would be happy to see him rewarded with a contract extension.
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