Former Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan has described Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris as a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ – and reckons the French and Spurs captain might have played his last game for the club.
Lloris had made a strong start to the campaign with excellent performances against both Manchester City and Arsenal, but has made a flurry of mistakes in recent weeks.
One of those came in Tottenham’s humiliating defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as Lloris dropped a cross inside the opening five minutes, allowing Neal Maupay to put the Seagulls in front and suffered a dislocated elbow in the process, which will see the 32-year-old goalkeeper miss the rest of 2019.
That came just seven days after Lloris had inexplicably allowed Danny Ings to equalise in Spurs’ Premier League victory against Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “He’s struggling with high balls, the kind of distribution [Mauricio] Pochettino wants from him. He’s making all types of errors.
“That isn’t just this season, either. It was the same last season and the one before. He’s on the downhill spiral, that’s pretty clear.
“His absence is a chance for [Paulo] Gazzaniga to become the new number one. If he does really well, then Tottenham may decide to sell Lloris and bring in a younger keeper.
“Lloris may have played his last game for Tottenham. He’s starting to look like an accident waiting to happen at the top level.”