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‘He's aged': Paul Robinson says £12m Tottenham player has actually got worse this season
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‘He's aged': Paul Robinson says £12m Tottenham player has actually got worse this season

Paul Robinson has told Stadium Astro that Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has actually got worse this season. 

Lloris has been ever present between the sticks for Tottenham over the past 10 years, racking up a total of 427 appearances for the club. 

The Frenchman has served as Spurs captain since 2015 and even agreed a two-year extension to his long stay at the club back in January. 

But former Spurs shot stopper Robinson thinks the 35-year-old is past his best and claims he is now making too many mistakes. 

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Robinson says Lloris has got worse 

Robinson spoke to Stadium Astro ahead of France’s World Cup opener against Australia yesterday. 

Lloris captained the French side to a 4-1 win but Robinson says the Spurs skipper is now making more mistakes than ever before. 

“Listen, you talk about one of the world’s best – no he’s not one of the world’s best. But you look at the honours he’s got, the World Cup he’s won. I don’t think he’s at the level that he set when he first came to Tottenham,” Robinson said. 

“He’s got errors in him, he’s error prone at times. There’s question marks about him coming for crosses and the ball around his feet. But you look at the defence he’s behind and the team he plays in. He’s aged and he’s experienced now. 

“I look at the two [France] goalkeepers behind him on the bench, [Alphonse] Areola and [Steve] Mandanda, he’s got no competition in that squad whatsoever. Those two goalkeepers are not good enough to challenge him. 

“For me, [Illan] Meslier at Leeds should be in that squad. Areola’s hardly played this season, Meslier would come in and challenge Lloris as a number one.” 

Robinson went on to add that Lloris is now past his best and thinks he is no longer a world-class goalkeeper. 

“I think Hugo is coming to the end of his career, he’s not at the end, he’s still got a lot to give. But I think at Tottenham you see a lot of mistakes coming in more regularly,” he added. 

“He’s always had that mistake if you like, there’s never been that air of confidence around him. He seems to be very quiet. He makes the odd mistake, but now there’s more and more coming in. 

“Saying that, you give him credit for his longevity at Tottenham. He’s the best goalkeeper Tottenham have had for a long time. I think his quality and what he brings to the team and the confidence he brings to the team is there. 

“You can’t underestimate what he’s done in his career. Is he in the top, world bracket of goalkeepers? The Neuers, Edersons, Alissons. He sits underneath it for me.” 

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Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that Antonio Conte is ‘happy’ with Lloris but the club have started searching for a long-term replacement. 

The £12 million man has put in some mixed performances this season. He has proven to be an excellent shot stopper but has looked shaky when Spurs attempt to play out from the back. 

Conte’s men have been linked with moves for Jordan Pickford, Illan Meslier and David Raya over the past month. 

With Lloris set to turn 36 next month, it seems wise that Spurs are now looking for the heir to Lloris’ throne in north London.

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