Hugo Lloris took his place between the posts for his first Premier League start and it seemed as if the long term plan to replace Brad Friedel had finally taken effect. After the Villa game however, head coach Andre Villas-Boas denied that Hugo was now regarded as the number one at White Hart Lane.
“We decided it would be logical to play Hugo to get him acquainted with the Premier League,” Andre said.
“The change was not based on performance.”
AVB was then asked if the Frenchman was first choice at the club.
“No. Towards the future we will have to decide,” he answered.
“Nothing tipped the balance. We are fortunate that we can do this rotation. Brad was disappointed but accepted it as a good professional. We respect his performances. He will be back as soon as possible.”
Hugo had a quiet game although one error will be highlighted by his detractors – the moment when a poor throw lead to Villa’s best chance of the game and a header which was missed by Benteke when it might well have been put away by Bent.
The goalie choice for the Chelsea game will therefore be interesting and it could lead to a Manchester United style rotation where De Gea and Lindegaard are often switched for no apparent reason. Is this the best way forward?