Hugo Lloris vows to fight for the shirt

Hugo Lloris, Lyon goalkeeperTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has pledged to fight for the starting jersey at White Hart Lane, despite competition from Brad Friedel.

The France international stopper signed for the north London club from Lyon on transfer deadline day and is eyed as the long-term replacement for the ageing American.

However, Andre Villas-Boas has stated in the press that the new man will have to battle for a place in the Spurs starting XI, after Friedel pulled off a number of excellent saves in the side’s most recent game against Norwich.

Lloris has pledged to put in the required effort to win a place in the team though.

“I will join Tottenham calmly, discovering a new world, another league. I have lots of things to prove there. I will have to work hard,” he is quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.

“All that is positive and I am going to get to know my new team-mates and staff, and I am going to work as well as I can.

“There are a lot of things for me to prove. I am going to strive for success. Today, I have a status – I have the France captain’s armband. It is a mark of trust and respect,” he concluded.

It remains to be seen who will get the nod in Tottenham’s next game against Reading this weekend.

By Gareth McKnight