Hugo Lloris has been a superstar for Tottenham Hotspur ever since joining the club from Lyon in 2012. The French international overtook Brad Friedel as the number one at North London under Andre Villas-Boas and soon became a star at White Hart Lane.
Now the 31-year-old is the club’s captain and against Brighton this week he played his 250th game for Spurs in all competitions.
But in recent months, Spurs fans have rightly been disappointed with their club captain.
Lloris has put in a number of poor performances, especially for a player of his high standard. Recent mistakes against Chelsea and Manchester City have been highlighted by pundits and fans alike. It appears that Lloris is going through a bad patch and Tottenham fans are running out of patience with their long-running custodian.
It leaves Tottenham in a tough position. With Lloris out of form and Michel Vorm also ageing Mauricio Pochettino may have to start considering the future of the goalkeeping position at Spurs.
The club will eventually have to bring in a new goalkeeper and with Lloris starting to flail, now might be the perfect time.
A brilliant option could also be about to present itself, with Stoke City looking increasingly likely to be relegated. That would leave Jack Butland surely looking for a place back in the Premier League.
The Potters keeper might just be the number one for England at the World Cup this summer and will therefore not want to be playing in the Championship.
He would not be cheap. Back in March, it was reported by The Sun that Stoke would want a fee in the region of £40 million to sell the player this summer.
It would be a fee worth paying for a goalkeeper of Butland’s standard. An excellent shot-stopper with fantastic handling, he has all the attributes expected of a rather old-school goalkeeper archetype.
But in recent fixtures for England, he has also demonstrated more nuance to his game. Anything Jordan Pickford can do, Butland can do just as well if not better.
Tottenham would be making a smart move by bringing in Butland this summer, even if he did have to share number one duties with Lloris for a season.
Eventually, he could be the future of Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper department.