Tottenham Hotspur have lost the North London derby 4-2 at The Emirates Stadium. Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang along with strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira gave Arsenal the bragging rights after Tottenham led 2-1 at half-time.
It was a fantastic game and Arsenal, in the end, fully deserved the win.
Some Tottenham players were simply not up to scratch and, whilst it may seem harsh, Hugo Lloris is increasingly looking like a man to be replaced at Spurs.
He did nothing that stands out as a howler, as he has done this season against Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. However, he looked immobile for two of Arsenal’s goals. Aubameyang’s second was a swift strike, but Lloris failed to dive. Lacazette’s goal took a deflection off Eric Dier, but Lloris moved in slow motion.
This weekend, The Telegraph has reported Stoke City will consider bids of £50 million or more for their England international goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The Potters are currently in the Championship and struggling to get into promotion contention. Butland wants to be playing in the Premier League next season, with or without Stoke.
Tottenham must surely consider making a move.
They need a new goalkeeper. Lloris is starting to fade and even in France’s World Cup final win, he managed to gift Croatia a goal.
It was Nigel Clough who suggested that a good goalkeeper was worth 10 points a season. Peter Schmeichel, Petr Cech, David Seaman and David De Gea have, in the past, been key to their respective clubs winning silverware.
Lloris no longer looks like a stopper capable of saving Tottenham from dropping points on occasion. Butland might be able to do that.
At £50 million he could be the Tottenham goalkeeper for the next decade. It is an option Tottenham must consider.