When Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup for France in the summer, Mauricio Pochettino must have hoped that an even more mature, motivated and confident captain would return to north London for the 2018-19 season; but the complete opposite has occurred.
Off the pitch, Lloris has not led by example at all; embroiling the club in a shameful charge for drink driving.
On it, he has not fared much better. Two rushes of blood to the head in two Champions League matches have seen him dash out of goal and cost Spurs
The first led to Philippe Coutinho’s opening goal in the 4-2 defeat to Barcelona, the second saw the Frenchman dismissed and swung the momentum towards PSV as Spurs slipped to a 2-2 draw in a game they had in the palm of their hands.
If Mauricio Pochettino decides to dip into the transfer market, with the spectre of a new stadium to pay off and Daniel Levy’s tight pockets restricting his budget, what are his options?
Sergio Romero is too good to be a back-up goalkeeper in truth, and with David de Gea undroppable in the Manchester United goal, Pochettino may view his countryman as a viable option.
Staying in the Premier League, Kasper Schmeichel would offer leadership and experience; he’s earned his shot at a big club.
Thibaut Courtois’ summer arrival has surely numbered Kaylor Navas’ days at Real Madrid – he’s another option too.