Hoddle claims Spurs player has been poor for months now - but wouldn't drop him

Sam Preston February 15, 2021
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Hugo Lloris was in the spotlight once again after Tottenham’s 3-0 loss against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

The Frenchman could have done a lot better with both Rodri’s penalty and Ilkay Gundogan’s first goal, which put City 2-0 up.

That came on the back of a limp attempt to save Richarlison’s near-post strike in the 5-4 defeat at Everton on Wednesday.

In the Evening Standard, former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle says he feels the Frenchman has been in poor form for a number of months now.


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“I have not felt Lloris has been that safe for probably about four or five months if I am honest.

“I think he is on the back foot, his intent is not there to take crosses, for me he looks like he is doubting himself a little bit.

“I really do believe that long-term Spurs need to replace him at some stage, and sooner than most people would imagine.

“But dropping him? I am not sure we have got the cover there at the moment. Joe Hart comes in for Europa League games but I am not sure is ready to play back-to-back games.”

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Coming so close to the summer’s European Championship, any decision to drop Lloris would have big repercussions for his international hopes too.

And leaving the captain out would be a big decision for Jose Mourinho to make.

Another potential issue is Hart hasn’t fully convinced in the games he’s played, especially in the Europa League against LASK.

But as Hoddle said, Lloris’ form has been a concern for a while now and it’s impacted Spurs’ last two games.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.