Danny Mills says that he expects Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho to build up Hugo Lloris’ return to fitness and provide a boost to the dressing room.
The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the French stopper will be given a major lift of confidence when he does close in on a return thanks to his new boss.
Lloris dislocated his elbow and suffered ligament damage in the clash with Brighton, the club confirming that his injury required surgery to keep him out until early 2020.
Mills says that Mourinho will look to big up the shot-stopper as he closes in on a return to the side and that it will boost the belief of the entire squad.
Mills told Football Insider: “Remember when Petr Cech came back after his head injury and Mourinho said: ‘We’ve just made a new signing, signed a £50million keeper, Petr Cech’s back.’ It’s the same sort of thing with Hugo Lloris, isn’t it?
“He’s going to give him that same sort of build up, that belief, that confidence and suddenly, if you’re doing well at that stage, the players go: ‘Oh yeah, we’ve got him, our team’s just got even stronger.’
“Hugo Lloris will be like: ‘This guy believes in me. I’m feeling a couple of inches taller now, I can make a couple more saves.’
“Mourinho’s not going to improve these players massively, a lot of them are at the top of their game, but what he can do is improve their mentality, their confidence, their self-belief.”
Lloris played nine times this season before being sidelined, Paulo Gazzaniga taking his place in the Spurs starting XI.
The Argentine stopper has kept three clean sheets in his 11 appearances across all competitions, conceding 13 goals in total.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has ripped into a Spurs star who looked “all over the place” against Olympiakos.