Alan Hutton believes that Hugo Lloris’ impact behind the scenes at Tottenham is key to plans to hand him a new contract.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thinks the 33-year-old is quiet for a captain during a match but believes he has a big influence off the pitch.
Lloris’ current deal is set to run out in 2022 but it is understood the club want to tie him down for the foreseeable future.
Hutton believes that it is difficult to judge a player’s impact on the squad from the outside looking in and suggests that the French shot-stopper is more valuable than fans realise.
Hutton told Football Insider: “This is the side that fans don’t see, if you want, the off the field stuff, the helping of the young boys, the go-between between the manager and the squad.
“He’s obviously good at that, that’s why he’s the captain because from the outside looking in he doesn’t look like he’s much of a talker on the pitch. Yes, you see him helping his back four and things.
“He seems quiet to me but he’s obviously not in the background. We know he’s a great keeper, yes he’s made a couple of mistakes last season and he got injured, I do think Hart will push him but he’ll still be the number one.
“It shows you how highly he’s rated in the ranks of Spurs that they’re looking to tie him down.”
Lloris, who joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais back in 2012, has played a total of 325 times for the Lilywhites to date.
He made a total of 27 appearances last season as an elbow injury kept him sidelined between October and January.
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