Hugo Lloris’ knack for the occasional goal line howler has long drawn the ire of Tottenham supporters in North London, and their anger has not come without cause.
In the Premier League, the Spurs captain has gifted goals to the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mame Biram Diouf among others in recent seasons. There, of course, was also Lloris’ near-infamous gaffe this past summer against Croatia in the World Cup Final.
Perhaps though, Lloris’ record of regrettable goals conceded should not be taken at face value, but rather seen as based on the club he plays for and what he’s asked to do for them.
Appearing on this week’s edition of the Fixture in Focus Podcast, former Watford and Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee touched on the oft-overlooked intricacies regarding the trade and credited Lloris for his vision on the pitch, while providing context on the World Cup winner’s penchant for the occasional blunder.
“[Hugo Lloris] reads the game very well,” Lee said. “He comes for more through balls than any other keeper. He’s come for 37 this season, I think David De Gea has come for four. So the law of averages states that Lloris is going to make more mistakes coming for through balls than David De Gea.
“So when Lloris does come for one and doesn’t get there, he’s then labelled as rash and as a poor decision maker. No, it’s because of the way Tottenham play. They have a high line so he has to play high. He is very good at reading the game.”
Don’t tell the angry Spurs fan pushing for Paulo Gazzaniga to become the first-choice keeper, but maybe, just maybe, Lloris’ recurring errors aren’t as significant as they seem and ultimately come as the product of something much larger – the demands of Tottenham’s style of play.
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