Jamie O'Hara tears into Hugo Lloris after Tottenham's NLD defeat
Lloris’ place in the Tottenham side is coming under real scrutiny right now. The 36-year-old’s form has been a concern for some time. He has not been the same player who established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the last decade following his £12 million move.
Mistakes are becoming more and more common. He was nearly forced to put the ball out for a corner in the early stages of Sunday’s game. So it was unfortunately fitting that it was the Frenchman who broke the deadlock.
O’Hara slams Hugo Lloris after North London derby
A deflected cross from Bukayo Saka hit Lloris in the chest. He could not react quick enough and the ball agonisingly dropped over the goalline.
Rather than disbelief, there seemed to be a sense of here we go again amongst the supporters in the stadium. And O’Hara clearly believes that a change needs to be made between the sticks as Lloris is no longer good enough.
“Lloris is a shadow of the player that he was. He just gives away so many goals. What is he doing? He just costs us so many games,” he told talkSPORT.
“I just don’t know what he’s thinking, I don’t know what he’s seeing. Obviously, he’s hit the ball at him and it’s a reaction. But a goalkeeper’s reaction always is to keep the ball out of the net.
“He just makes so many mistakes. Honestly, it was comical.”
Tottenham absolutely need to sign a new goalkeeper in either this window or the summer. They would have likely known that anyway. But now, there is no excuse.
Lloris’ form has been underwhelming since he signed a new contract. And that should act as a warning should he rediscover his better form in the coming months.
It does appear to be time for Tottenham to look elsewhere. And in the short-term, Antonio Conte will surely be giving some serious thought to picking Fraser Forster.
Forster has his limitations as a goalkeeper. But he is also someone who is capable of outstanding performances, as Celtic fans will attest to.
And at a time when Tottenham’s defence needs to rebuild some confidence, a change in goal for the coming games may make a big difference.
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