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Pundit’s Choice: Hugo Lloris

Pundit’s Choice: Hugo Lloris

Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team secure a fourth successive victory in the Premier League at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with London rivals West Ham off the back of wins over Brighton, Huddersfield Town, and Cardiff City in their preceding three matches, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit to the London Stadium. And they made it four on the spin as an Erik Lamela header just before half time was enough to seal a 1-0 win for the North London outfit, in turn moving them up to fourth place in the Premier League come the end of play.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who admits that he is ‘not a fan of Hugo Lloris’ given ‘he makes too many errors in games that matter’.

Crooks himself admits that that is a ‘damning indictment’ of the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), especially given his stunning display against West Ham, but the former Spurs striker is absolutely bang on with his verdict on the Frenchman.

Ultimately, the 31-year-old has been something of a stalwart between the sticks for Tottenham since his move from Lyon back in 2012, with the France international appearing 260 games for the club in the last six years or so, in which time he has kept 93 clean sheets and shipped 278 goals.

And one must acknowledge his efforts in helping Spurs to a 1-0 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers on Saturday, what with the France World Cup winner making several stunning saves to thwart Marko Arnautovic, one of which seeing the 31-year-old doing what he does best by racing off his line to narrow down the angle, and thus make the save.

Yet there have been plenty of instances in the last 12 months or so of Lloris making the wrong decision in a situation like that, not least in rushing off his line against Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this month, while he also made a similarly poor call against Premier League champions Manchester City earlier in the year.

Add in the howler Crooks references in the World Cup final, and there has to be some question marks about Lloris’ capabilities on the big stage – he is clearly a very adept goalkeeper, but it’s difficult to trust him to produce the goods when it matters most.

Yes, the Frenchman was excellent at the London Stadium on Saturday and very much looked like the Lloris of old, but there have been many times in recent years where the 31-year-old’s level dipped – it’s arguable that, if Pochettino had better options than Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga to call upon, Lloris would have been dropped.

So while the France star deserves credit for his efforts over the weekend, Crooks’ ‘damning indictment’ of the Tottenham goalkeeper is absolutely bang on.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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