'Shambolic' - BBC pundit slaughters Tottenham player bailed out by his teammates
By Richard Parks
Garth Crooks has slammed Hugo Lloris as “shambolic” for his performances in Tottenham’s last two matches.
The Spurs captain has let his standards slip recently in goal despite the fact his side are on a 15-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
He was guilty of a huge error at the weekend in the 2-1 win over Stoke, with his attempted clearance presenting Mame Biram Diouf with an open goal to score.
The shot-stopper was also badly at fault six days earlier when he failed to gather a cross that led to the opener by Alvaro Morata in the 3-1 win against Chelsea.
“To beat Stoke away from home after winning at Chelsea last weekend – and in light of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ shambolic displays – speaks volumes about the team’s development,” Crooks wrote in his column for BBC Sport.
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Football Insider verdict:
Lloris is fortunate that Tottenham’s all-round strength has masked his horrible mistakes against Stoke and Chelsea. That said, the microscope will be on the goalkeeper in the final month of the season, as there is the sense that his teammates cannot keep bailing him out. Is is just a wretched path of form from one of Spurs’ most consistent players of the last half-decade? Or, is there something else that is the reason for Lloris’ meltdown? A technical or physical frailty? Perhaps a mental one? Tottenham fans will be worried about their keeper more than any other player heading into the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
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