Tottenham expert shares new Hugo Lloris 'question mark' after what he's seen
Paul Robinson has slammed Hugo Lloris’ “mistake” on his injury comeback as Tottenham suffered a crushing derby loss against Arsenal on Saturday.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested summer signing Fraser Forster should have played if there were “question marks” about the 35-year-old’s fitness.
Lloris pulled out of the France squad for last month’s international fixtures after suffering a thigh injury but was deemed fit to start in the 3-1 loss against Arsenal on Saturday (1 October).
The Tottenham captain dropped a clanger, however, when he found Bukayo Saka’s shot too hot to handle, spilling the ball twice and allowing Gabriel Jesus to bundle home the Gunners’ second goal.
Lloris also played 90 minutes as Spurs drew 0-0 away against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League.
But Robinson suggested Antonio Conte can always rely on “top-class” Forster if the former Lyon man isn’t “100%”.
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When asked if Lloris may have been playing through the pain barrier against Arsenal, he told Football Insider: “We’ll never know, only the club will know how fit he was.
“But if he wasn’t 100% then Conte should’ve played Fraser Forster, who is a top-class goalkeeper.
“He’s an international goalkeeper, who was brought in for this exact situation – if Hugo isn’t fit.
“I don’t think he dealt with the first shot particularly well, that was the root of the problem which led to that second goal.
“It was a mistake and it certainly wasn’t his best game for Tottenham – and if there were question marks about his fitness, Forster should have played.”