Report details why error-prone PL outcast is just as good as this Tottenham star, fans won't be happy
By Matt Farr
Manchester City outcast Joe Hart is at the same level as the world’s elite goalkeepers, including Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the much-criticised Hart is still up there with the best in Europe, and is just as good on the ball as his Premier League counterpart Lloris.
Hart was cast aside by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola at the start of the season after being considered not good enough for the club.
But the report – which looks at stats from all the best goalkeepers in the world – claims that both Hart and Lloris share a pass accuracy percentage of 84 per cent, a statistic calculated from the first five matches from the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign.
Hart has appeared in all five matches for England, keeping clean sheets in each game; while Lloris has conceded three goals from four games.
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Tottenham fans may not agree with the Sun’s conclusion – and it is a tony sample size – knowing that in Lloris they have one of the best sweeper-keepers in the world.
The sweeper-keeper role is a creation of the modern game whereby the role of a goalkeeper has moved far beyond shot-stopping, and where a player must be adept at ‘sweeping up’ play outside the area.
Tottenham and France No.1 Lloris has taken to the new role like a house on fire, and has reaped the rewards for club and country.
The 30-year-old stopper has kept 12 clean sheets for Tottenham from 33 appearances in all competitions.
In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli admits his style of play could change after Seamus Coleman’s horror leg break.