Opinion: Five goalkeepers who could replace Spurs captain Hugo Lloris as number one

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Hugo Lloris
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After the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, it felt like a shift had occurred within the club, one that partnered with the grand opening of The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and made things feel like an end of an era for the club.

With the best team in Spurs’ modern history both ageing and moving onto new challenges, many of the players who grew a real bond with the fans are close to bringing their career in N17 to a close.

Club captain Hugo Lloris is a player whose time at Spurs could be near over, at 33 years of age he is someone fans love but the club must now towards the future at players which can eventually take over.

Here are five keepers that Daniel Levy should look to bring to North London in the near future.

Andre Onana

Kicking off the list is the highly-rated shot-stopper from the Dutch giants Ajax, Andre Onana.

The 24-year-old has been a regular feature in most transfer windows after the last couple of years and he should, without a doubt, be someone Levy is monitoring with intent.

Onana, who is a regular for club and country has gained a vast amount of experience in the Eredivisie since leaving the famous youth academy of Barcelona.

The Cameroon international has made over 120 league appearances in Holland to add to his list of Champions League outings, making him an ideal man to keep between the sticks for future seasons (Transfermarkt).

Alphonse Areola

Next up is Alphonse Areola, a man who has played in two of the most talented European clubs in Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League before, however, it seems that Spurs have yet to show any interest in the player (Vanguard).

Areola boasts an impressive club record having made just under 150 appearances throughout his time in Ligue 1 and La Liga (Transfermarkt).

He is also a French international so no doubt would have picked up and thing or two from his fellow countryman.

Pau Lopez

Another player that could have what it takes to take the number one spot at Spurs, is a name that might ring a bell for the North London faithful, Pau Lopez.

The Spaniard spent the 2016/17 season on loan at the club but failed to make a senior appearance over that period (Wikipedia).

Since his cameo in N17, Lopez has come on leaps and bounds by making his 100th La Liga appearance and moving to Italian side Roma to fill the void vacated by Liverpool’s Alisson (Transfermarkt).

With the 25-year-old being linked with a move back to North London, Levy could see him fit to fill the huge boots that would be left if Lloris decided his time was up (Teamtalk).

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Next on the list of goalkeeping talent from across Europe is one of the most exciting prospects in world football, AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.

It was reported that Spurs made a shock move for the player, which was rejected, however with his contract due to expire in the summer of next year he could be on the move in the near future (The Sun).

It is safe to say that the 21-year-old who is set to make his 200th Serie A appearance next season will not come cheap but could be a great investment in the deal was to get done.

Nick Pope

Last on the list is an individual that Spurs fans will be accustomed to seeing, in the form of Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign last season in England’s top flight after helping his side to 15 clean sheets (Premier League).

With his name being banded around in talks of who should be number one for the national team, Pope could be looking to take his career to the next level by playing European football.

Being Premier League proven makes him a strong candidate to bring into the club, so Levy should definitely keep him on his radar.

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