Four years ago when Hugo Lloris signed for Spurs, few could envisage the vast influence and quality he’d soon bring to the club.
Subject to huge interest from Manchester United over the summer, for most Spurs fans, it was unlikely that we’d begin the new season with Hugo between the sticks.
However, irrespective of the interest from United, Lloris didn’t hand in a transfer request, didn’t use player power to force through a move nor did he refuse to play if the bid was rejected.
Being somewhat unusual given the amount of power players have in such situations, Hugo Lloris just got on with his job at the club like the true professional he is.
In an interview recently, the Tottenham and France captain said the following about his time and future with Spurs:
“I have a lot of affection for Tottenham. I feel respected, I have a very good relationship with the staff and I’m ready to play the best season possible.”
And Spurs fans should be very glad he feels this way, as Lloris is a world-class goalkeeper and the best player at the club.
He has undoubtedly saved Spurs countless amounts of points due to his incredible ability in goal, a goalkeeper definitely on par with the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois.
Lloris could have easily joined a bigger side like United to get Champions League football and in today’s world where the like is very common, most people wouldn’t have thought lesser of him because of it.
However instead he chose to stay at Tottenham, not a club exactly destined for Champions League qualification at this point in time, and fight for the top flight of European football there.
Here at Spurs we should consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a player of such quality and leadership who is committed to the long term cause of Champions League football.
Whilst for the most part, its fruitless in comparing the very top goalkeepers and deciding a clear stand out ‘keeper, its safe to say Lloris is most certainly in the top bracket of shot-stoppers.
We should be grateful for Hugo Lloris, as players like him don’t come along often.
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