'He's too good' - Exclusive: Bent tips Spurs to sell 'Fantastic' big-name star in summer
Darren Bent has suggested that Tottenham may look to sell goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris when the summer transfer window opens.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the French international has not lived up to expectations with his performances over the last couple of seasons.
The 33-year-old has returned as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice keeper in 2020 after missing much of the first half of the season due to injury, Paulo Gazzaniga taking his place in the starting XI.
Bent says that when you have a goalkeeper of Lloris’ standing at the club the manager has no choice but to play him, suggesting that he could be sold in order to progess as a side.
“He’s not been Hugo Lloris for the last four seasons, even going back to the World Cup, he was making mistakes,” Bent told Football Insider.
“It’s tough, when you’ve got a goalkeeper of Lloris’ pedigree, you can’t leave him out. What you’ve got to do, there are certain players that are big to football clubs. When I think about Lloris, he’s not just someone you can leave him on the bench.
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“You need to practically move him on and get someone else in because he’s too good a goalkeeper. You’re talking a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, just leaving him on the sidelines, it can’t happen.
“For me, Lloris, while he’s at Spurs he’s always going to be that number one but I think in the summer it wouldn’t surprise me if they addressed that situation and I can see Lloris going to a PSG or someone like that.”
“He’s been a good goalkeeper while he’s been in the Premier League, he’s been fantastic but I think maybe it is time for him to get a fresh challenge.”
Lloris has 312 appearances under his belt for Tottenham to date, with 14 of those coming this season.
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