We’ve seen since the beginning of the season starting with the Chelsea game at Wembley that there have been more errors than normal from our number one goalkeeper.
Since joining us 5 years ago, Lloris has proved to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premiership and has also proved his class on the International stage with Legendary goalkeepers such as Peter Shilton and our own Pat Jennings showering Lloris with praise with Shilton judging Lloris as the best Goalkeeper of Euro 2016 and Pat Jennings claiming Lloris to be one of the best goalkeepers in our club’s history.
Lloris’s strengths are his amazing agility to make outstanding saves with the save against Real Madrid’s Benzema at the Bernabeu a strong candidate for being the save of the Champions League tournament this year.
His speed in racing off his line to eliminate danger is ideal for the high defensive line we have which in the previous two seasons has contributed immensely to our superb defensive record in the Premier League.
Pat Jennings once said that Lloris has no weaknesses but I would disagree as his kicking and distribution with the ball at his feet doesn’t fill you with confidence which was highlighted against Sweden earlier this year in the World Cup Qualifier which France lost. He doesn’t command his six-yard box from set-pieces which we saw against Southampton and in our 5-1 win against Stoke with two glaring errors.
Those of you old enough to remember will recall that another one of our great goalkeepers in Ray Clemence made high-profile errors. None more so than against Scotland in 1976 when the ball went through his legs or Peter Shilton’s error against Poland which cost us a place in the 1974 World Cup. They both recovered from these errors to win League Championships and European Cups with Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.
Lloris is a proven world class goalkeeper who is simply going through a season where he hasn’t been at his best so far but we hope that the consistency will return soon as we fight to get back into the top 4 and our quest to win silverware. Lloris at his best is certainly an asset to our team and he seems to have the mental strength as all great goalkeepers need to not let an error affect him long-term.
Another concern would be if Lloris were to get injured for a lengthy period of time.
Vorm as an understudy to Lloris hasn’t been convincing overall in the manner that Brad Friedel was who even at the age of 40, delayed the eventual debut of Lloris with his high standard of performances.
Perhaps next month would be a good time to look at strengthening the goalkeeping department or to promote Gazzaniga who was outstanding in our 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
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