Tottenham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team go down 3-1 at home to newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their meeting with the Citizens full of confidence having won each of their preceding six matches, but they were comfortably second-best at Wembley on Saturday. Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, and Raheem Sterling secured all three points for Pep Guardiola’s side, and while Christian Eriksen did get one back with the score at 2-0 just before half time, it wasn’t enough to prevent just a second home league defeat of the season for Spurs, with their only previous one coming back in August at the hands of former champions Chelsea.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can get back to winning ways when they travel to relegation-threatened Brighton on Tuesday night.
Yet several of our resident Spurs supporters are looking back on Saturday’s defeat and the possible reasons for it, and alongside many other error-strewn displays in recent months, a lot of those fans lining up at the bar reckon it’s time for Pochettino to get rid of £22.5 million-rated goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, there’s little doubting that the France international has been excellent for Spurs for the vast majority of his six-year spell in North London, with his numbers speaking for themselves with 88 clean sheets in 249 games for Spurs, in which time he has conceded just 266 goals.
Clearly, the 31-year-old has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League during his time at Tottenham, perhaps even in Europe, but recent times have seen the Frenchman seriously struggle for form and ultimately look a shadow of the shot-stopper he once was.
His rash tackle on Sterling on Saturday, even if it was outside of the box, was far from in-keeping with the goalkeeper who has always been very reliable and accomplished when sweeping up and coming off his line, to the point that there was a time in the second half when he should have done just that to thwart Jesus, only to get away with his indecision due to the Brazilian’s poor finish.
Yes, Lloris remains a hugely adept shot-stopper, he made some good saves on Saturday, but recent weeks have seen him become somewhat of a liability, be it coming for crosses and missing like against Chelsea, or failing to clear his lines adequately against Stoke City.
Thus, that is three mistakes in his last three Premier League games, and while some Spurs fans may see getting rid of Lloris as an over-reaction to a poor run of form, Squawka state that he has made eight defensive errors this season, which is greater than any of his previous seasons at the club.
Ultimately, while stuck in somewhat of a rut, throughout this season the Frenchman hasn’t looked like the goalkeeper that has been brilliant for Tottenham since his arrival in 2012, with his recent three-game stint perhaps suggesting that he needs replacing in the near future.
And that is why it’s finally time for Pochettino to get rid of the 31-year-old this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!