Kevin Phillips has hailed the return of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as “like a new signing” for the team.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the ex-England striker claimed Jose Mourinho will also regard the World Cup winner’s availability as a “huge bonus”.

Lloris, 33, has slotted straight back into the starting XI after missing three months of the season with an elbow injury that required surgery.

Paulo Gazzaniga deputised for the 114-times France international while he was off but Mourinho did not hesitate in putting him straight back in the side when he was fit again.

Phillips was impressed by Lloris in last weekend’s landmark 2-0 Premier League win against Man City.

“When you have your top goalkeeper come back during the season it is like having a new signing again. ,” Phillips told Football Insider.

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“He has a calm, cool head. I thought his distribution [against Man City] was good. The penalty save was excellent.

“I think he did really well for the follow-up as well because he realised at the last second if he continues with his momentum, he is going to give a penalty away and that is top class goalkeeping.

“There are many inexperienced goalkeepers who would have given away a stone wall penalty.

“It is a huge bonus for Mourinho and to have him back at this stage in the season is brilliant news.”

Lloris has made 311 appearances for Tottenham since signing from Lyon in the summer of 2012.

The Spurs club captain has played in just 13 matches in the current campaign, including four since his return from his spell on the sidelines.

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