Former Tottenham star and current BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has blasted Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for his form after he had a second shocker in as many games against Stoke City on Saturday.
The French goalkeeper is one of the, if not the, first names on the team sheet at the Lilywhites and has missed just two of the club’s Premier League matches this season, playing a crucial role in their push for a top four finish come the end of the season.
However, the club captain has endured a torrid run of form, with two embarrassing, but albeit not costly, mistakes, first against Chelsea when he flapped at a cross which led to a goal, and then against the Potters when his failed clearance ended with Paul Lambert’s side netting in a 2-1 win.
Jenas states that the 31-year-old will still be a favourite of manager Mauricio Pochettino for his leadership qualities but insists he must lift his performances on the pitch.
He told BT Sport Score (07/04, 14:30): “I think with Hugo there’s a lot more that comes in to play (than his displays).
“He’s one of his (Pochettino’s) go to people and helps to get his message across. But he needs to improve.”
Lloris has 37 appearances under his belt this season, and a total of 248 outings for Spurs.
Football Insider verdict
Pochettino may well trust Lloris with his leadership, but that cannot override the fact his performances between the sticks have been sub-par in recent weeks. Jenas is absolutely right in saying he has to improve, and the goalkeeper would likely be the first to admit that himself. It is not going to get much easier for the French international though, with a massive clash against Manchester City up next. Pep Guardiola’s men could demolish Lloris and the Spurs defence if they are not all at their very best, so Pochettino must be working on getting these silly errors out of their game.
In other Tottenham team news, a star enforcer has been ruled out of the crunch clash v Manchester City.