Hugo Lloris: Hot and cold

by Ben Fieldhouse

Some brilliant saves, some calamitous moments. What next for our goalkeeper?

It has been a strange season for our captain, he lifted the World Cup for his national side in the summer despite being at fault for a goal which ended up being of little relevance in that same final. He kept 4 clean sheets that tournament including shutting out a star-studded Belgium side.

However on 24th August, just 40 days after lifting the World Cup, Lloris was caught drink driving, running through a red light and registering 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, resulting in a £50,000 fine and a 20 month driving ban, with many calling for him to be stripped of his captaincy.

On the pitch, in immediate terms after his arrest, Lloris put in a strong performance as we beat an out of sorts United team 3-0 at Old Trafford. On the contrary, some erratic mistakes have cost Tottenham this season. Rushing out inside 2 minutes at home to Barcelona resulting in a Coutinho goal and another rush of blood to the head against PSV away where he bought down Hirving Lozano and was dismissed, which you could argue cost us the game, after Tottenham had appeared to have rescued all three points in a vital group game.

Then on the other hand, Lloris has been a huge reason in how we have all but managed to secure a top 4 spot and managed to reach the champions league semi finals. Having not saved a penalty in a Spurs shirt for what seemed like a lifetime, Hugo went on a run of three consecutive penalty saves, all of which at a critical juncture in games that may well have turned out differently. A save against Leicester City allowing us to keep momentum and prevent any comeback from the foxes, a gargantuan save in the final minutes of the north London derby, which is looking more and more like it will be the reason we are getting Champions League football next season and Arsenal are not, and of course that penalty save against Manchester City, which would have taken them through had Hugo not managed to intervene.

So where do we go from here this season with Hugo? Should he remain captain or would we benefit from having an outfield captain? He remains one of very few players in our squad with experience of winning a major trophy. How much longer does he have as Tottenham’s number one keeper? with the shot stopper turning 33 this year these questions will all have to be answered soon


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