Recent penalty saves aside, is it time for Tottenham to look for a new number one?
Enough is surely now enough, Hugo Lloris’ widely discussed list of mistakes that feels endless at this point.
There’s no arguing that the French captain isn’t still an elite keeper when judging on his shot-stopping ability alone, but his gaffes have become all too familiar and cost the club far too many points to outweigh his, at times, cat like ability to stop a shot.
The numbers comfortably back up this argument – Hugo Lloris has the second best save percentage in the Premier League this season, at 72.77% (behind De Gea, 74.96%); and sits at the top of the table for accurate keeper sweepings at 123 – whilst this is impressive enough, a look back across the last few seasons tells you all you need to know about the Frenchman’s disposition to make costly errors.
Lloris has committed more errors leading to goals (11) and more errors leading to shots (25) than any of Premier League goalkeeper since 2015. Six of those goals have cost a total of six points, which, in the world’s toughest division, can be the difference between Champions League and Europa League football. In addition to this, six of the 11 mistakes that Lloris has made that have led to goals have been against the top six – the biggest games are when Lloris makes the biggest mistakes.
With the betting odds of Pochettino leaving the club now Manchester United and Real Madrid have filled their vacant positions, the Spurs boss must now look to the future in N17. A summer of big spending is required after the drought of the previous windows, and the Argentine must surely now look to replace his captain; and whilst the North London side are unlike to break the bank for a Kepa-esque replacement, it shouldn’t be hard to improve on what they’ve already got.
Many would also argue that Gazzaniga is ready to step up having already proven his is a safe pair of heads with a great ball-playing ability. A summer of investment may finally see Spurs may the push for the title, though the odds feel unlikely, they’ll most certainly be shorter than the 1000/1 that most bookmakers are currently offering on the club to pip Man City and Liverpool to the title in a potential late-charge.