Hugo Lloris may have been a mainstay in the Tottenham Hotspur team for a number of years, however, as the seasons continue to roll by without domestic silverware, questions have started to be asked about the France international’s ability – and reliability.
Reliability is a strange one to ask about the talented shot-stopper considering that he won the World Cup last summer, however, his performances for Spurs have really dipped over the years and have left many pondering whether he is the same goalkeeper for club and country.
His future in north London has come under fire at a number of different occasions and it appears there are renewed doubts recently as claims from The Sunday People (14/4; page 55 via HITC Sport) have suggested that Tottenham could be prepared to let him go.
Lloris’ has had an extremely tough and challenging season this year, although it has not come without some of its excellent moments either.
Yes, he has made some really costly errors as Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top-four are teetering by a single thread against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool recently, however, he managed to produce a vital penalty save against Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg victory just over a week or so ago.
Despite his mistakes, the 32-year-old has been vital to Spurs over the years and has plenty of experience of playing at the top level. That could make a possible decision to let him go in the summer a real piece of risky business.
Even if they were to bring in a new shot-stopper to replace the Frenchman, it might be best to try and keep him at the club as a mentor and provide competition, as that may only help improve him and bring the best back out of him.
And, although Lloris is going to want to be the first choice, that is not an entirely impossible avenue that Spurs could look to venture down as the £27million-rated star (Transfermarkt) admitted in an interview in March 2017 that his ‘destiny’ was related with Mauricio Pochettino.
“My destiny is linked to Mauricio, it’s a certainty,” he told Le Figaro.
“He matters a lot to me. Our relationship goes beyond football, it’s a match, and one day he will be the best manager in the world. For me he is already. His presence and our relationship are the most important elements for me.”
However, two years in football is an extremely long time and with Tottenham’s continued wait for silverware, whether those comments can help him save his career at the club remain to be seen and it might not be worth Lloris holding his breath.
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