Gary Mabbutt has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that Hugo Lloris is still a “world class goalkeeper” amid criticism of his recent performances.
The Frenchman has bounced back from a tricky run that saw him concede five goals in two games in the Premier League against Manchester City and West Ham United.
He also conceded five in the FA Cup against Everton as Spurs were knocked out of the competition.
Lloris subsequently came in for criticism from pundits, with talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair claiming that he had “lettuce wrists” after the performance against the Toffees.
But he kept two clean sheets in a row against Burnley and Fulham and shipped just one against Crystal Palace on Sunday as Spurs won 4-1. His second marked his 101st clean sheet in the top-flight.
And Mabbutt has gone to bat for the long-serving Frenchman, who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2018.
The ex-Spurs captain, speaking of the current skipper, told FFC: “He’s a world class goalkeeper. Winning World Cup captain. What he’s achieved in the game, what he’s achieved at Spurs, 101 clean sheets… Any time a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s suddenly a massive news-making headline.
“Hugo, for me, is a world class keeper, he is one of the best keepers in the world.”
Lloris’ form has been central to Spurs’ results and when he performs well, Spurs do tend to win.
With big games against Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16 of the Europa League and then the north London derby versus Arsenal coming this week, Lloris will have to be at his best for the club to record two wins.