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

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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.

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. 

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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