Hugo Lloris issues verdict on having Pierluigi Gollini at Tottenham
Hugo Lloris has told Tottenham Hotspur’s Twitch channel that Pierluigi Gollini is a great teammate, and suggested that it is amazing to have the Italian pushing him.
Gollini has not had the easiest time since arriving in North London. It initially appeared to be a coup for Fabio Paratici to take the 26-year-old on loan from Atalanta.
However, he has not yet made his Premier League debut for Tottenham. And reports previously claimed that some at Spurs had concerns about his fitness.
With that in mind, it would perhaps come as a surprise if he ultimately stayed beyond his loan spell. You would also have to imagine that Gollini had doubts, particularly with Lloris signing a new contract.
It has also been suggested that Lazio have made contact with his representatives about a potential move. So some may be expecting him to be elsewhere next year.
However, Lloris has suggested that he has loved having Gollini at Tottenham. And he explained that the rivalry has had an impact on his performances this term.
“He’s a top man, top man,” he told Tottenham’s Twitch channel. “He’s bringing every day his energy, his positive energy, his freshness – he’s a great teammate to be honest. And we enjoy working together, also with Brandon. We try to push each other. That’s fantastic when you have this feeling with your teammate.
“It’s been the case many times in my Spurs career with Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, with Brad Friedel, there’s been so many, many keepers. And when you work in that condition, it’s just amazing.”
Lloris opinion may be factored in as Tottenham weigh up Gollini decision
Tottenham have the option to sign Gollini permanently. He would reportedly cost £12.9 million.
It is not yet clear whether Spurs plan to trigger that option. It is not a huge fee. But it is a significant sum given that they are already set to make Cristian Romero’s loan permanent in the summer.
It also must be factored in that Gollini has not played a lot. And when he has played, he has not always been able to put a lot of pressure on Lloris.
With Lloris set to stay, Tottenham may be reluctant to spend around £13 million on his understudy if they are not convinced that he will take the Frenchman’s spot further down the line.
Having said that, Lloris’ opinion must surely be factored in. He is enjoying working with Gollini, and sees the benefit of having him pushing him.
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