Tottenham supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second successive defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with Spanish giants Barcelona having won each of their previous three matches in all competitions, getting past Brighton and Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and indeed Watford in the Carabao Cup. Yet Spurs were comfortably second-best at Wembley on Tuesday night as a brace from Lionel Messi as well as goals from Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic inspired the visitors to a 4-2 success, thus leaving Pochettino’s men pointless from their opening two matches.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter in the aftermath to slate the efforts of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was at fault for Barcelona’s opener on Wednesday.
And with the Frenchman arguably not at the level he once was between the sticks for the North London club, those Spurs fans are so right to suggest that the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is becoming something of a liability.
The 31-year-old made the move to Tottenham back in 2012 after an impressive spell at Ligue 1 giants Lyon in the four years previous, and he has since gone on to become a stalwart in Pochettino’s side in keeping 91 clean sheets and shipping just 278 goals in 258 appearances for the club.
In fact, throughout his early years at Spurs, Lloris was been heralded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and indeed the world such were his efforts for the North London club – but he looks a shadow of that goalkeeper now.
The 31-year-old, returning to the side against Barcelona after a short spell out with injury, made a bad error in rushing out to the feet of Jordi Alba just minutes into the tie, enabling the defender to pull the ball back for Coutinho to strike home – it was a serious misjudgement.
Yes, Lloris has always been a very proactive goalkeeper and one that has had great success in coming off his line and sweeping up in years gone by, but there was absolutely no need for him to do that in this instance – Spurs had been opened up, but the defensive line were in a decent enough position to deal with the threat.
And it’s not the first time recently in which the Frenchman’s decision-making has let him down, and that alongside a couple of shot-stopping errors last season calls into question whether he can return to the level that saw him become one of the best keepers in the country – the evidence suggests he is a way away from that now.
And with Spurs seeking to challenge for major honours both domestically and indeed in Europe in years to come, one doubts whether Lloris is currently playing at a high enough level to aid in that quest.
As such, those Spurs fans are absolutely right to criticise the goalkeeper, as he does appear to be becoming a big liability in Pochettino’s side.
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