Paul Robinson is adamant that new Tottenham signing Joe Hart has his eye on Hugo Lloris’ number one jersey next season.
The former White Hart Lane shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 33-year-old will “not rest on his laurels” and will back himself against an “injury prone and inconsistent” Lloris.
Hart put pen to paper on a two-year deal in North London last week following his release from Burnley at the end of June.
The 75-time England international made his debut for the Lilywhites on Saturday as Spurs kicked off their preseason campaign with a 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town.
Robinson suggested that the arrival of the former Manchester City keeper could lead to the sale of last season’s second-choice goalkeeper Paul Gazzaniga.
“It is a very sensible signing for all parties,” he told Football Insider.
“It is a huge box ticked – another home-grown player. You have seen the likes of Scott Carson and Richard Wright (at Manchester City), Lee Grant at Manchester United and Rob Green at Chelsea. But saying that I think the Joe Hart situation is different at Spurs.
“He will not be going there to rest of his laurels. He will be thinking, and certainly I would be thinking, that ‘Lloris has been injury prone and inconsistent over the past couple of seasons, Gazzaniga has done OK’ but Joe Hart definitely believe he is better than him. He will fancy his chances of playing.
“With the amount of games that Spurs have got, given that they have to go into the Europa League early, there will be game time. It is a real opportunity for him to play some games.
“Whether the signing of Joe Hart means that Gazzaniga is moving on we will have to wait and see.”
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