By Harry Sykes
Tottenham coach Ugo Ehiogu singled out goalkeeper Pau Lopez for his performance in the club’s Premier League 2 demolition of Reading on Monday night.
Goals from Ryan Loft, Josh Onomah, Jaden Brown and Shilow Tracey secured a convincing win for Spurs at Stevenage.
But Under-23s coach Ehiogu hailed on-loan keeper Lopez, 22, as Spurs’ standout player following a win that lifts the team to sixth in the 12-team Premier League 2 table.
“The scoreline does sound comfortable but it wasn’t that way, certainly not watching from the sideline,” said Ehiogu to the official Tottenham website. “Pau made clean, technical saves that he made look easier than they were and in the second half, he was probably our most competent player.”
Lopez is on a season-long loan at Tottenham after joining from Spanish top flight club Espanyol last summer.
It has been reported in several publications in Spain that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has already made the decision to sign Lopez permanently, although there has been no formal indication that an agreement has been secured.
Lopez is yet to make his debut for the Londoners’ senior team as he is behind Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm in the keeper pecking order at the club.
Tottenham’s senior side will next face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday at White Hart Lane as they aim to maintain the pressure on runaway leaders Chelsea.
Coincidentally, Spurs and Chelsea have been drawn to face one another in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.