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Jamie Carragher and Glen Hoddle agreed over Jose Mourinho’s summer transfer mission at Tottenham. They believe Spurs should be looking for a new goalkeeper after a poor run of performances from Hugo Lloris.
The World Cup winner has just one clean sheet in nine games for Spurs. Despite having little to do over the 90 minutes in Spurs’ 4-1 win over Austrian side Wolfsberger in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 clash last night, the Frenchman was unable to secure just his third shut-out of 2021.
Hoddle raised questions about the shot-stopper’s recent performances. Speaking pre-match, Hoddle told BT Sport: “He is having a poor time at the moment, you have got to say. The two goals we have analysed there [vs Manchester City], he was at fault
“Here [vs Liverpool] he is at fault. That has got to go out for a corner. He is on the back-foot all the time. Here he just gets outdone for power [vs Everton]. He will be so disappointed that he has fallen backwards and it has gone straight through his hands.
“Now, that shows that the confidence levels are really low in the back-four. But, also, if your goalkeeper is playing how he is at the moment… his intent is to not come and get balls, he is actually wanting to get further to his line and I think he is struggling at this moment in time.
“They have got nobody else to go in there and say ‘right, I am going to put you under pressure for your place.’ I don’t think he [Mourinho] trusts Joe Hart to play in the big games.
“I would be looking at it [signing a new goalkeeper], without any shadow of a doubt, unless Lloris gets back to the form that he can. At this moment in time there is a little bit of a pattern developing.”
Hoddle is not the first pundit to have questioned Lloris’ recent performances. Jamie Carragher hit out at the Frenchman’s showing.
“Hugo Lloris, who was awful in midweek, hasn’t been much better [against City],” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He should have saved the penalty. And he should have saved that as well. On his (Gundogan’s) weak foot. He toe-pokes it really. He’s just not strong enough to keep it out. Very reminiscent of his performance in midweek.”
On Monday Night Football, Carragher hit out at Lloris once again, as well as Spurs’ defenders. He added: “Tottenham’s defenders are nowhere near good enough and neither is the goalkeeper to hold onto leads.”