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After 245 games is time running out for Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur?

The Frenchman has not been in his best form this season.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur picked up a 2-1 win over Stoke City yesterday, with Christian Eriksen proving the difference in the game.

However, it could have been a disappointing draw, after a poor mistake from Hugo Lloris.

The French goalkeeper inexplicably booted the ball straight at Stoke attacker Mame Biram Diouf, who then rolled in an equaliser in the game.

For some Spurs fans, it was just yet another error from Lloris.

The Tottenham captain also made an error against Chelsea last week, when he came flapping at a cross only for Alvaro Morata to tuck the ball away.

His season started with such a mistake, with a woeful moment for France versus Sweden.

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So is Lloris coming to the end of his reign as Tottenham number one?

Many fans have been concerned over Lloris’ form now for about a year.

Whilst not always making massive mistakes, he has not been contributing to match-winning saves either.

Tottenham fans must look on with envy this season at the performances of David De Gea and Ederson at Manchester United and Manchester City.

Is it a coincidence both teams are ahead of Spurs in the league table? Yes, but the pair have certainly saved more points for their respective teams then Lloris has for Spurs.

Tottenham have Michel Vorm in reserve and Paulo Gazzaniga as a third-choice option.

The Argentine is not a viable first-team option in the long-term whilst Dutch stopper Vorm is into his 30s.

What Spurs need to start considering is the end of Lloris’ reign as the club’s number one stopper.

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There are plenty of young goalkeepers that Tottenham could target in the summer. Jack Butland, for example, would be a fantastic addition for Spurs if Stoke City are relegated.

Lloris has been the number one goalkeeper for Tottenham since 2012 and has played nearly 250 games for the club since his move from Lyon.

Whilst 31 years is not usually a concerning age for a goalkeeper, Lloris appears to be in decline. Eventually, Tottenham will need to consider a replacement stopper.

Bringing one in this summer might be the smart move from Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy. 

Chelsea

Three reasons why Kenedy can become Newcastle’s talisman next season

The 22-year-old made an instant impact when he joined on loan last season.

Liam Thomas

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Newcastle United managed to acquire Kenedy’s services for another season, after bringing the silky winger in on loan last January from Chelsea.

During his time at St. James’ Park last season, the Brazilian showed glimpses of the genius that saw Chelsea bring him into their ranks from Brazilian powerhouse Fluminense and he will, in no doubt, be an extremely effective weapon for Rafael Benitez to have at his disposal next season.

But can the 22-year-old take it up a notch and become Newcastle’s star man in the 2018/19 Premier League season?

A brilliant manager to learn from

Kenedy will again have to chance to play under Spanish tactician Rafael Benitez, a manager who’s done and won it all.

Benitez seemed to get the best out of Kenedy last season for the Magpies, and the young Brazilian won’t find many other managers around who are invested in getting the very best out of their young talents.

He had a huge impact playing just half the season for Newcastle

When Kenedy arrived on Tyneside in January, Benitez’ team were struggling, and in a rut of bad form, the Brazilian played his part in turning the clubs fortunes around and helped his new side to a top half finish.

It is a mouthwatering prospect to think for Newcastle fans what Kenedy will achieve with the club given a full season with them, and now he has fully settled into life in the city, he may be able to make an even bigger impact next season.

Young, ambitious and highly rated

At 22 years of age, Kenedy is poised to have the best season of his career so far and his energetic style of play bodes well for Newcastle next season.

You only have to look back as far as April to see the kind of teams interested in taking Kenedy into their ranks for the new season. Sky Sports reported that Bayern Munich and PSG were considering launching bids for the winger; a testament to how highly rated he is.

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Tottenham signing Gonzalo Martinez would put pressure on countryman Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the Argentine this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are one of three teams being linked with a move for Gonzalo Martinez this week. Calciomercato report the River Plate man is on the radar of Everton, Southampton and indeed Spurs. With a £13.3 million price-tag, an Italian passport and a reservoir of talent it is easy to see why Spurs might be keen on the player.

His arrival would, however, put immediate pressure on a Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite. The parallels between Martinez, or ‘Pity’ as he is known, are fairly remarkable. Firstly, there is the Argentinian connection but both are also River Plate products. Then there is their style of play. Both are left-footed attacking midfielders, capable of playing from either side and creative in their style of play.

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The main difference between the two is physique. Lamela, lean and tall, towers over the more diminutive pocket-rocket that is Martinez.

But his arrival would certainly put pressure on Lamela to become more consistent for Tottenham. That is not just regarding his form, but also his fitness. Injuries have become a big issue for Lamela at Tottenham and Martinez could be viewed as a potential replacement.

In a week where rumours of a contract extension are rife and considering how universally popular the hard-working Lamela is that would seem odd.

However, it might be nice to see him put under pressure by his countryman if Spurs do bring in the bargain buy.

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Crystal Palace fans should praise Roy Hodgson’s defiant Andros Townsend comments

The winger has been attracting interest from Premier League rivals.

Max Cohen

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In early July, Sky Sports reported Newcastle United were in talks with Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend over a return to St. James’ Park.

Yet, Roy Hodgson’s defiant comments have quashed those rumours and will be greeted by Palace fans as a strong signal to other clubs who have aimed to buy the Eagles’ best players.

Speaking in a press conference (h/t football.london) over the weekend, the Palace manager made it clear he had no intention of selling his key squad members.

“[Townsend] has got three years on his contract, and we have no interest at all in selling Andros Townsend. We are not a selling club at the moment, far from it.

“We are working very hard to keep the players we have got, and players of big importance, and Zaha and Townsend are right up there as players we want to keep.”

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Hodgson deserves praise for this strong stance, as he is sending a clear signal to rival clubs who aim to pinch settled players.

Townsend was crucial to the club’s resurgence last season under Roy Hodgson, and after Bakary Sako’s departure, the need to hold on to attackers is even more important.

By rebutting the advances of Newcastle and clubs interested in Wilfried Zaha, Hodgson not only boosts the confidence of the fans, but also the Palace players.

Knowing that your club aims to hold on to your fellow teammates means the side will be better and more exciting to play for.

Hodgson has already saved Crystal Palace from relegation, and now his stewardship can lead the club to the top half of the Premier League by keeping hold of the Eagles’ star performers.

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