Tottenham’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris continues to put in displays of the highest quality that suggests what a world-class keeper he is.
The 28-year-old has hardly put a foot wrong all season and is arguably the main reason why Spurs are still right in the hunt for a top four finish. While Harry Kane has been excellent, the need to have a goalkeeper of the quality Lloris is currently at cannot be understated.
The 3-0 win over West Brom might have been comfortable in the end, but if it wasn’t for Lloris’ two world-class saves then the outcome could have been a lot different. With Tottenham currently in sixth position, just two points from a Champions League spot, securing a top four finish might be the only way to keep hold of the highly-rated stopper. There will always be speculation linking a goalkeeper of his stature to the best teams in Europe, and a move in the summer might well come at the right time in his career.
At just 28, Lloris has already won 65 caps for France and has been captain for three years. He came through the system at Nice, playing 77 times for the club before moving to French giants Lyon in 2008. After an excellent spell at Lyon making just under 200 appearances, Spurs snapped him up for just £8million in 2012. He didn’t make his first Premier League start until October 2012 where he established himself as first choice keeper ahead of Brad Friedel.
Lloris has currently played just over 100 times for Tottenham, putting in consistent and top quality performances on a weekly basis. So far this season he has kept nine clean sheets – six in the league – but has saved Tottenham countless times. In the narrow 2-1 victories against Sunderland, Swansea, Everton and Aston Villa, he made crucial stops before Tottenham went on to win those games. It has to be said that Spurs, in all likelihood, wouldn’t be as high as sixth if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Hugo Lloris.
A shot stopper of the highest order, Lloris also possesses plenty of other attributes that makes him such a well-rounded glovesman. His positioning capabilities are fantastic, which allows him to get into the right place to make such important and tough saves. He has excellent leadership qualities which allows him to organise his back four accordingly.
Having such good reflexes and knowing exactly where he is in the goal at all times gives him the opportunity to make instinctive saves that many other keepers would be unable to make. Reflexes play a big part in being a goalkeeper and not many other goalkeepers in world football have such quick reflexes as Hugo Lloris.
His time at Tottenham has cemented his place as one of the top five goalkeepers in the world and kept Tottenham within touching distance of a Champions League spot. Spurs will know that in order to keep him, a top four finish is vital, and with Lloris putting in such world-class performances all too regularly, a Champions League place is certainly not out of the question.