‘Expected him to play’: Pundit can’t believe £100k-a-week Tottenham man didn’t start against Brentford
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‘Expected him to play’: Pundit can’t believe £100k-a-week Tottenham man didn’t start against Brentford

Tottenham Hotspur’s start to the second half of the Premier League was eventful to say the least against Brentford today.

Speaking on Amazon Prime (26/12 12:14pm) ahead of the game, Paul Robinson gave his thoughts.

Vitaly Janelt’s goal gave Brentford a lead going into half-time, a position Spurs are very familiar with this season.

The goal came as a result of Fraser Forster failing to sufficiently clear a heavily deflected shot.

There was nothing the keeper could do on his Tottenham league debut about the goal, in fact he was lucky to get anything on Mathias Jensen’s original effort.

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Brentford doubled their lead through Ivan Toney, before Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg netted for Spurs.

Seeing Forster’s name on the team sheet was expected, as Conte has said days before the game he would play.

However, Robinson was still surprised that captain Hugo Lloris didn’t start for Tottenham today.

On the 36-year-old’s birthday, there was only a place on the bench for Lloris, just a week after playing in a heart-breaking World Cup final.

Robinson surprised Lloris didn’t start for Tottenham today

Speaking on Amazon Prime, Robinson said: “I kind of expected him to play because when you look at it in all honesty, eight days since the World Cup final, nine days ago Ivan Perisic played in the 3rd place play-off.

“You look at the minutes he played during the World Cup, it’s a little bit different emotionally.

“I don’t understand, if he’s gone to the manager and said he’s not ready to play, I can understand that.

“But you look at the manager’s team selection throughout the rest of the side, the World Cup players are there, obviously apart from [Cristian] Romero.”

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The £100,000-a-week goalkeeper was so close to leading his country to back-to-back World Cup wins.

However, he couldn’t keep out any of Argentina’s penalties as they lost a devastating shootout.

Lloris put in some fantastic displays for France while in Qatar, and Conte will be looking forward to welcoming him back into the side very quickly.

The emotional toil of losing such a massive game is likely why Lloris didn’t start for Tottenham today.

There’s not much he could have done about either goal, but Spurs may have benefitted from having their normal leader in between the sticks.

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