Tim Sherwood has defended under-fire Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and suggested it could be difficult finding an upgrade on him.
The 32-year-old Spurs captained has made several individual errors this campaign that have cost his side and it’s been unusual from him.
He lifted the World Cup with France last summer and is extremely experienced, but is suffering from some poor decision making so far.
The shot-stopper is still capable of pulling off some incredible saves, but he’s got teammate Paulo Gazzaniga patiently waiting in the wings behind him to pounce.
Sherwood was asked if Lloris is reliable or unreliable following his mixed form this campaign.
“I think mistakes are being highlighted because they are fighting at the top end of the table and in the Champions League,” Sherwood said, as quoted by Football on BT Sport.
“For me he is a good goalkeeper. Try and find better and then make that decision [of whether he’s a reliability or liability.”
Lloris usually gets the benefit of the doubt despite his mistakes given his experience, but in truth he’s been making errors during the last two years and is lucky to have the full support of manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Gazzaniga has hardly put a glove wrong so far at Spurs and he’s certainly deserved an opportunity.
With the race for the top four still on and the Champions League quarter-finals, it would be a surprise if Lloris didn’t continue in goal as the number one.
But moving into next year Gazzaniga deserves his shot and could be a good replacement.