By Danny Mills

25th Jan, 2020 | 9:00am

Danny Mills Exclusive: Tottenham superstar maybe told by Mourinho he's facing the axe

Danny Mills suggests that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has warned goalkeeper Hugo Lloris he needs to improve on his early-season performances or face the axe.

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Portuguese boss will be expecting big things from the shot-stopper after bringing him back into the starting XI.

The French international, who is also the club captain, made his comeback in midweek, replacing Argentine keeper Paulo Gazzaniga for the 2-1 win over Norwich City.

Mills says that while Mourinho is right to have put Lloris back in the side, he thinks the manager has warned him he needs to show much more than he did before his injury.

Speaking about Lloris’ poor form prior to his absence, Mills told Football Insider: “That was pre-Mourinho. Maybe Mourinho’s had a word and said: ‘That was the past, this is the now. If you want to retain your place, then you’re going to have to step up and do that.

“It’s giving everyone a boost: ‘Our keeper’s back, our captain’s back.’ He’s a great keeper, you give him confidence, it gives the team a bit of a lift.

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“A goalkeeper of that experience, no reason why he shouldn’t play.” 

Lloris played just nine times for Spurs before picking up his injury back in October, managing to keep only one clean sheet.

He has a total of 308 appearances under his belt for the north Londoners.

In other Tottenham news, Football Insider can deliver an update on the club’s bid to sign Giovani Lo Celso this month.