Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been a big topic of conversation for Tottenham Hotspur fans in the opening few months of the 2018/19 campaign.
The French international has pulled off what many would consider to be his trademark stops at points, but equally, his form but mainly his decision making has dipped at others, to our detriment.
With another mixed performance in the eyes of some against Crystal Palace prior to the November international break kicking in, Steve Smyrk gives his thoughts on why he believes it’s time for the 31-year-old to be given a short break by manager Mauricio Pochettino so he can get his head completely right again.
Whilst Hugo Loris has been a great servant of Spurs over several seasons, like every player who has a ‘blip’ in their performances, he should be dropped.
Don’t get me wrong I was and still am, a great admirer of him as a world class goalkeeper, but apart from some great shot-stopping, his form since the WC has dipped. We’ve all seen his CL howler v Barcelona where he came rushing off his line, leading to Barca opening the scoring, he later repeats this madness in the PL.
Equally as concerning, is his lack of authority in the penalty box, this was just recently highlighted v Crystal Palace, flapping at corners and crosses. His distribution needs working on
Which brings me to the recent performances of Paula Gazzaniga. He’s also made some top class saves, at 6’ 4’ he does command his box and comes for corners and crosses with confidence and determination. Finally, his distribution is excellent and he has on more than one occasion instigated a Spurs counter-attack, with his quick thinking and distribution.
So like many other Spurs fans, I would like to see Gazzaniga given more starts in the EPL!
Writer: Steve Smyrk