Pundit verdict on Lloris and Hart quitting Tottenham after Gollini breaks his silence
Noel Whelan has tipped Hugo Lloris to remain at Tottenham for at least another season despite the imminent arrival of Pierluigi Gollini.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old could take Joe Hart’s spot in the squad instead.
As quoted by journalist Fabrizio Romano on Thursday (July 22nd), Gollini confirmed he is set to join Spurs this summer.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (July 21st) Spurs were in advanced talks to sign the goalkeeper in a loan-to-buy deal.
Whelan admitted Spurs would have to start preparing for life without Lloris, 34.
However, he suggested Gollini would not take his place during the upcoming campaign.
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“Something’s got to give there,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I think you look at the elder statesmen there. You’ve got Joe Hart and you’ve got Lloris. I do believe Lloris will still be their number one. I’ll be very surprised if he leaves.
“I think Gollini will be there to understudy to Lloris and Joe Hart. But then maybe Joe Hart is looking for more of a coaching role these days. Who knows?
“He’s had a long career. I’m sure there’s still more in the tank that he can offer another club, but I think Tottenham are now looking for life after Lloris.
“Like Harry Kane, they’re going to be losing a big personality who’s been at the club a long time.
“It’s difficult to emulate and replace these players. If you can get one year of a new goalkeeper in understudying, seeing how he goes about his job, that professionalism they can offer, that could be an invaluable year.
“A year to learn about the club and about the role that he plays, to step in for life after Lloris.”