Carragher: Key Tottenham man is behind these two PL players in terms of quality
By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham’s key man Hugo Lloris is “just short” of his goalkeeping counterparts Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea in terms of quality.
France international Lloris is regarded as one of the best modern day goalkeepers in the world, with his ability to bring the ball out from the back being one of his best qualities.
Lloris’ calming influence in between the sticks, backed up by a solid defensive line has been a key reason as to why Spurs have secured back-to-back Champions League places.
Speaking on Sky Sports 1 on Thursday night before Spurs hit Leicester for six, Carragher offered his thoughts on Lloris as he believes he is behind these two Premier League players.
“He is [a key figure for Tottenham],” Carragher told Sky Sports. “I just think he is just short of De Gea and Courtois.
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“I think back four wise, best back four in the league, with the way they perform with the two centre-backs in front of them – He’s a top goalkeeper but I think that back four is superb.”
Unfortunately for Lloris, during his side’s 6-1 win against the Foxes, the Frenchman was at fault for the hosts only goal of the game.
With Spurs leading the match 2-0, Lloris opted to rush out of his penalty area in order to stop the on rushing Jamie Vardy from scoring.
He initially did well to brilliantly tackle the ball off Vardy, but the ball landed at the feet of a Leicester player before the ball was eventually put into the back of the net.
Nonetheless, over the course of the season, Lloris has played 42 matches in all competitions for his side, including being a regular feature during their Champions League campaign.
By contrast, Courtois has won the Premier League title with Antonio Conte’s side, with the Italian opting to play three at the back for the majority of the campaign.
In other Tottenham news, Osvaldo Ardiles has delivered his verdict on Harry Kane after Spurs win at Leicester.