Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the rest of the summer transfer window following news that manager Mauricio Pochettino has extended his contract at the club.
The Argentine took over at the North London club back in 2014 after impressing at fellow Premier League side Southampton, and he has since led Spurs to three successive top four finishes in the top-flight. And while the 46-year-old has yet to win some silverware in charge of Tottenham, several of our resident Spurs fans are confident that he will be the man to do so in the coming years.
However, for that to happen, it’s clear that Tottenham will need signings during the summer window, and one man who could reportedly be on his way to the club is Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
And were Spurs to indeed get a deal done for the £2.25 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), it would finally give number one shot-stopper Hugo Lloris something to think about.
Ultimately, the France international wasn’t at his very best during the 2017/18 season, with some costly errors and mistakes calling into question whether the 31-year-old remains the world-class goalkeeper he has proven to be throughout his time in North London.
However, the former Lyon shot-stopper has remained Pochettino’s first-choice given the distinct lack of competition to the Frenchman, what with Michel Vorm the back-up goalkeeper behind Lloris, and one not good enough to be regularly challenging and putting the pressure on the 31-year-old.
Yet McCarthy’s arrival would do just that.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old played as big a part as any in keeping Southampton in the top-flight this season, with the Englishman making a number of impressive saves in the latter stages of the campaign to help Mark Hughes’ side to crucial victories over Bournemouth and Swansea City.
In fact, the former Crystal Palace goalkeeper began the season behind Fraser Forster in the Saints pecking order only to usurp and maintain his position ahead of his compatriot since his first start of the campaign back in December – ultimately, the 28-year-old has again proven his Premier League credentials this term.
And bringing him to Tottenham would finally give Lloris the competition he appears to need to return to his best level once again, as failure to do that would likely see him dropped in favour of McCarthy given how impressive he has been in the top-flight this season.
Competition is healthy in most areas of any squad, not least the goalkeeping department, but it’s arguable that Lloris simply hasn’t had that in recent times – McCarthy’s arrival would give him some though.
As such, were the North Londoners to indeed seal a deal for the Saints shot-stopper, it would finally give Lloris something to think about regarding his own position as Tottenham’s number one goalkeeper.
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