Hugo Lloris may no longer be considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world and Tottenham should find a replacement.
The Spurs captain has been a mainstay in the side since joining from Lyon in 2012. The World Cup winner quickly established himself as one of the division’s top shot-stoppers at White Hart Lane but performances in recent seasons have been concerning. The 31-year-old has become more and more error prone which is starting to cost Tottenham valuable points.
With the title race set to be closer than ever this year, the Lilywhites can’t afford to drop needless points given the strength of their rivals. With little competition behind him, it could be argued the goalkeeper has never really been challenged for the number one jersey. Therefore, it could be wise for Mauricio Pochettino to sign another goalkeeper in the January transfer window.
One man he should consider is Lazio ‘keeper – Thomas Strakosha. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the shot-stopper is one of the brightest talents emerging from Italy after becoming a crucial player for his side. His performances saw him linked with a move to Liverpool over the summer, but the Reds decided to spend a then world-record fee to sign Alisson Becker from Roma instead.
The 23-year-old has made ten appearances in the Serie A this season, keeping four clean sheets. The Albania international is a modern-day goalkeeper who excels with the ball at his feet. Capable of starting attacks from his own box with his excellent kicking, Strakosha also possesses fantastic reflexes which enable him to make superb saves regularly. His arrival in North London would give Lloris stiff competition and hand Pochettino the ideal long-term replacement for the Frenchman.
Still young and improving – this could prove to be an astute piece of business.
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