Mourinho urged to sign Hugo Lloris upgrade in the summer
Former Tottenham defender Jason Cundy has urged Jose Mourinho to bring in an upgrade on first-choice shot-stopper Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman endured a difficult night between the sticks in the club’s dramatic 5-4 loss against Everton in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Lloris was at fault for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 36th-minute equaliser after Tottenham enjoyed a lead for much of the first half. The veteran skipper also looked shaky in several other stages of the game while also failing to inspire enough confidence among his teammates at the back.
The 34-year-old is among the longest-serving players at the club, having moved to North London from Lyon back in 2012. He has made over 350 appearances for the Lilywhites and is widely regarded as a legend by the fans.
Despite that, however, Cundy is of the opinion that Lloris’ time as Tottenham’s undisputed No.1 should be coming to an end. The former defender feels that the World Cup winner has made too many errors in goal this season and that Mourinho needs more reliability in that department if he is to take the club to greater heights.
Cundy told talkSPORT (h/t Express):
“I have to say, Lloris, some of the goals he let in tonight. He is a weak link, he is a weak link.
“He is a weak link and I don’t think he fills the back four, five, whatever system they’re playing on any particular day, with any confidence.
“You look at some of the top goalkeepers in this country, what Liverpool have got, what Man City have got, that doesn’t happen, that simply doesn’t happen – well rarely. They normally keep them out.
“Lloris, I’ve seen it too many times again this season. I’d love to know what Spurs fans think but moving on, I think they need an upgrade. I really, genuinely feel they need an upgrade.”
Lloris missed large quarters of the previous campaign with a shoulder injury and hasn’t managed to rediscover his best form this term. He is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer, meaning Tottenham will surely need to make a decision on his future.
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