Since Hugo Lloris arrived at White Hart Lane from Lyon in August 2012, the French international has just got better and better. He has quickly progressed into one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers. But do Tottenham Hotspur realise just how lucky they are to have him?
When Lloris signed for Spurs in 2012, he was undoubtedly already an excellent stopper, but in his two years in the capital – not only has he become one of the best keepers in the Premier League, he has also become one of the worlds best. The French captain started his career at his local club Nice, before really making his name at Lyon in 2008. The 27-year-old, who has represented France at every level since the under-18’s, earned his first senior cap shortly after his switch to the Stade de Gerland. He has since stacked up 65 appearances for his country, and was elected as the new French skipper in February 2012.
In a week where Manchester United’s David De Gea has earned so much praise for his recent performances, Hugo Lloris deserves an enormous amount of credit too. Tottenham travelled to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday to face the tricky test of Swansea City. Once again Lloris was a brick wall in the Spurs net – he couldn’t do a lot about Wilfried Bony’s goal – but he saved his side on numerous occasions, something he’s been doing on a consistent basis since arriving at White Hart Lane.
But do Spurs rely too much on their goalkeeper? Sunday aside, there have been far too many occasions over the last few seasons where they have had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping them in certain games. The Frenchman has put in a number of outstanding performances this term, and he’s set to play a key part in Tottenham’s push for a top four spot.
Since his arrival at Spurs, Lloris has never been too far away from transfer speculation. With Roma being linked recently, and rumours of Manchester United being interested (if De Gea was to leave), Spurs look as though they are going to have another interesting transfer window to deal with. But if Tottenham have any aspirations of reaching the top four, it’s imperative that they keep Lloris. The sign of a good team stems from having a world-class goalkeeper, and Tottenham certainly have that.
It would be very interesting to see where Spurs would be if Lloris wasn’t at White Hart Lane. No disrespect to Michel Vorm – but the ex-Swansea keeper is not in the same league as the Frenchman. This season, Tottenham seem to be too reliant on individual players, rather than gelling as a team. Despite an excellent 4-0 League Cup win over Newcastle United last night, it’s ultimately a top four place that has to be the main aim for Spurs come the end of the season.
If Tottenham do fail to qualify for the Champions League this term, could you really blame Hugo Lloris for wanting to leave White Hart Lane? After all, he’s one of the worlds best stoppers, and keepers of Lloris’ stature must be playing in Europe’s elite competition.