Tottenham Hotspur star Fraser Forster makes Hugo Lloris admission after win vs Portsmouth
Fraser Forster was one of the many signings Tottenham Hotspur made in the last summer transfer window as they looked to strengthen manager Antonio Conte’s squad for the new season.
He was a free transfer who arrived from Southampton following Pierluigi Gollini’s return from his loan spell to Atalanta. He was always going to be a backup to the France international.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper has been just that this season. He has played in only three matches across competitions for us so far, and won his first game as a Spurs player against Portsmouth.
His debut for Tottenham Hotspur came in a 2-0 EFL Cup loss against Nottingham Forest on 9 November, just a few days before Lloris was supposed to fly out with France to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Forster makes home debut for Tottenham
Forster was handed another start following Lloris’ appearance in the World Cup final against Argentina on 18 December. It was about time we rested the former Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper.
And Conte started the English goalie against Brentford in a 2-2 Premier League draw at the Gtech Community Stadium. After two disappointing games in a Spurs shirt, considering the fact that we won neither, he finally had his first clean sheet and win in our FA Cup third-round win over Portsmouth.
Speaking after our 1-0 win against Pompey in north London, which was Forster’s debut in front of the home fans, he admitted that he knows Lloris’ standing in Tottenham’s pecking order. He said (h/t Football.London):
“I’m fully aware that Hugo (Lloris) is Hugo, you know what I mean – what he has achieved in the game, how long he has been here. But for me, I just thought it was an opportunity to be part of a massive club and just see where it takes me. It was a no-brainer [joining Spurs].”
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Lloris is on a contract that expires in the summer of 2024 and Spurs must start looking for long-term replacements for the 36-year-old. Forster could have been one of such names if he was in his heyday, but at 34, he just can’t make the cut. Jordan Pickford of Everton has been touted as a potential signing to that effect.