For a Spurs fan, it has been a season of highs and lows, knocked out of the Champions League to Juventus, missing out of the FA Cup Final courtesy of Mourinho’s Manchester United and knocked out of the Capital One Cup to feckless West Ham. Meanwhile, in the League Pochettinho’s men look set to pip Chelsea a top 4 finish. While summer signing Sanchez has shined this season the man behind him, Hugo Lloris could be set for the exit failing to impress this season.
Since joining in 2012 Lloris has seen the North London side go from rags to riches with considerable investment and success both evident in the last 3 years. In 2015/16 despite being behind a, at times hapless defence the Frenchman made 107 saves only making one error contributing to a goal, yet his dodgy defence only allowed him to keep 8 clean sheets that season.
In perspective current “world class” David De Gea kept 10 clean sheets with only 93 saves that season. While admittedly De Gea had a better defence in front of him it is clear how favourable Lloris compared and has been, arguably the 2nd best Goalkeeper in the League behind United’s Superb Spaniard Shot Stopper.
However this season Lloris went from being a cat between the sticks to a drunken donkey. Despite having the 4th best clean sheet record tied with Chelsea on 15, the previously dubbed “Flying Frenchman” has made 5 errors leading to goals this campaign. In comparison under-fire, West Ham Keeper Joe Hart has only made 4 this year! Not even Jack Butland, whose goal is peppered with shots each game has made as many goal conceding errors only making a single mistake this campaign.
Tottenham are already set to for a summer clearout of £170 million worth of talent, midfielder Victor Wanywama, Danny Rose, Moussa Dembele and outcast Toby Alderweirdeld are all already set for the exit in order to fund a new younger generation of Tottenham stars.
The Spurs boss Pochettinho have highlighted Lloris’s errors fielding 2nd choice Keeper Vorm in his place at times showing how little faith the Argentine places on the 31-year-old Frenchman. The Tottenham higher-ups have highlighted a possible replacement in Manchester United’s on-loan Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as a possible replacement.
Johnstone, who is 25 years-old has impressed whilst on loan at Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa. In response to transfer news the Englishman stated in an interview with the Guardian that “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster,” he says. “It’s been fun getting games in and getting different experiences but I’m 25 now and ready to settle. Hopefully Villa get promoted and we’ll take things from there.”
Whatever you think it is clear Tottenham are on the rise. With a new stadium. new faces and maybe even a new manager in the 2018/19 season the Lilliewhites would be wise to replace the ageing Goalkeeper. There is no doubt he is and has been an excellent servant for Tottenham, but his days serving in Tottenham may be all but over.