By Dominic Toner
Robbie Savage believes that Hugo Lloris is the only Tottenham player who can be considered world-class.
The former Wales midfielder claims that Mesut Ozil will be the only world-class outfield player on show ahead of the north London Derby.
Spurs face an away match against Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League and are without a win in their last six games across all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are still the only unbeaten side in the division but face an Arsenal side who have not lost since the opening day against Liverpool.
Pundit Savage claims that Spurs are not capable of attracting top players unlike their rivals Arsenal and panned struggling pair Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen.
“Mesut Ozil will be the only world-class outfield player on the pitch in Sunday’s North London derby,” Savage wrote in the Mirror. “Sorry if Spurs fans don’t go along with my analysis, but in the Premier League you can almost count world-class players on the fingers of one hand – and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris aside, Tottenham don’t have any. They have become too reliant on Harry Kane for goals.
“Arsenal can still attract world-class players in the transfer market. Tottenham, on the other hand, spent £47 million on Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen in the summer – two decent players, but not marquee signings.”
Savage believes that Spurs have begun to falter in the absence of Harry Kane through injury but their striker could make his return against Arsenal.
Pochettino has revealed that senior players Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies will all miss Sunday’s game, with Mousa Dembele also considered doubtful.
Lloris, 29, has been a fantastic servant for the club and made 178 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, keeping an impressive 63 clean sheets.
The north London club did have four players included in the PFA Team of the Year last season, with Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kane all rewarded for their impressive displays.
Savage still feels that it is Arsenal who possess the biggest threat in German international Ozil, who has scored seven goals in his first 13 appearances this season.