Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he has to admit that Hugo Lloris was superb in Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Manchester City on Sunday, but questioned how long he can sustain that level of performance for.
Lloris was outstanding as Spurs beat Pep Guardiola’s side 2-0. He initially made an incredible stop with his foot to deny Sergio Aguero’s effort.
And of course, he produced another moment of magic to save Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty when the game was goalless.
And following Tottenham’s win, Crooks conceded that the Frenchman deserves all of the plaudits coming his way for his performance.
He did however, seem to question whether the 33-year-old can continue to silence his doubters.
“Regular readers will know that I am not a huge fan of Spurs’ Hugo Lloris but credit where credit is due,” he told BBC Sport.
“The France World Cup winner was the difference between the two teams on the day. The penalty save by Lloris was one of the many turning points in this game against a Manchester City side that seemed to be in control from start to finish. However, from the moment Lloris saved the penalty and speedily recovered to stop Raheem Sterling from getting the rebound, his performance got better and better.
“His overall handling was clean and decisive while his decision-making was excellent. I’ll be very interested to see if he can retain this form and for how long.”
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Lloris appears to have come back from his injury feeling that he has a point to prove. He did come in for criticism before the defeat at Brighton. But he has responded extremely well since his return.
Sunday’s result was a reminder of why Lloris has, for so long, been considered one of the finest goalkeepers in Premier League history.
Crooks perhaps makes a valid point that there is probably a question mark surrounding how long Lloris can keep impressing for.
But based on Sunday’s display, his return from injury could be looked back upon as a really important moment in Tottenham’s season.