According for Football.London, Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is unavailable for Sunday’s fixture against Watford.
Lloris has been a mainstay under Mauricio Pochettino since the Argentinian joined five years ago, and his absence could cause some concern, but this isn’t necessarily bad news for The Lilywhites.
Michel Vorm is a more than capable deputy to Lloris (valued at £27m on Transfermarkt.co.uk), and the Dutchman will be champing at the bit to get a Premier League start. Pochettino will be hoping that the former Swansea man could put in a good showing to put pressure on Lloris.
There has been some criticism of the French World Cup winning captain over the past few seasons, with some believing that his standard has dropped. He has always been prone to the odd blunder, the World Cup final being an example of that, but his errors have become too frequent for some fans’ liking.
A good performance by Vorm (valued at £2.25m on Transfermarkt.co.uk), and suddenly Lloris will know that his position is not as secure. In reality, it will have to be a herculean performance by Tottenham’s number two to dislodge the captain, but nonetheless, a good performance will do no harm to the team and Lloris’ form.
When The Lilywhites were in a similar position last season, with both Lloris and Vorm injured, Argentinian keeper Paulo Gazzaniga stepped up against Crystal Palace, earning himself the man of the match award. While it is unlikely that Gazzaniga will find himself in the starting XI on Sunday, it must be reassuring to Pochettino to know that his has this depth.
Although it appears worrying at first for Tottenham fans to see their captain and first choice injured, the truth is that they have enough depth to cope against Watford on Sunday and should still expect a good showing from whoever is between the sticks.