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Spurs: David Raya tipped as ideal Hugo Lloris replacement

Journalist Rob Guest has mooted a possible future transfer for goalkeeper David Raya amid the recent transfer links to Tottenham Hotspur.

What’s the word?

It’s no secret that current Spurs number one Hugo Lloris is struggling for form at the moment. Indeed, after netting an own goal in the north London derby, he then was guilty of more errors in the most recent loss against Manchester City.

What’s more, the Frenchman is now 36 years of age and so taking everything into account, it’s not surprising to learn that a number of new goalkeepers have been linked with a move to north London.

For instance, the Evening Standard reports that Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak could be of interest. However, another name to come up is Raya who currently plays for Brentford.

Indeed, he has been linked of late and Guest has talked up the player’s quality in a new article for, claiming the 27-year-old  has had a ‘brilliant rise’ to prove himself ready to make the step up to a bigger club such as Tottenham.

The journalist wrote: “Raya has made quite a name for himself in the Premier League since helping Brentford gain promotion from the Championship in 2021. Now a Spain international following his brilliant rise, the 27-year-old was part of his country’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

“A very good shot-stopper, much has been made of the player’s use of the ball with his feet as he has a range of different passes in his locker. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp even admitted that Raya could even ‘wear the No 10 shirt’ after creating a handful of attacks with his passing during Brentford’s draw against the Reds in September 2021.

“Crucially boasting Premier League experience after his two seasons in the top flight with the Bees, a summer move away from west London does look likely as he is now in the final 18 months of his contract. A move for Raya would also see Spurs help their homegrown numbers in the process as he is classed as homegrown after joining Blackburn Rovers as a 16-year-old.”

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Right man for the job?

Despite Lloris’ very obvious recent struggles, whoever comes in to replace the Frenchman will have big shoes to fill. After all, the 36-year-old is the club captain and has played well over 400 games in north London.

In comparison, Raya has yet to even play 50 times in the Premier League and so is far less experienced in the top flight. Still, in that period of 43 appearances, the Spaniard has kept a respectable 14 clean sheets.

What’s more, his form this season has been fantastic. Indeed, as per SofaScore, his league performances have seen him pick up an average match rating 0f 7.13.

In comparison, Lloris is down at 6.77 but has dropped displays of 5.4 on two occasions in his past four outings, while Raya has not dropped below 6.9 in the same period.

With that in mind, it’s clear who is in better form. The question is, will this be enough to tempt Spurs into a move for the Brentford man and will that happen this winter or in the summer? Only time will tell.

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