Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Spurs keeper Lloris ´past his sell-by date´ after Villa horror-show, claims Souness

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 1 Jan 2023

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is “past his sell-by date”, with Graeme Souness indicating he was at fault for their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s side made a losing start to 2023 as goals from Emi Buendia and Douglas Luiz ensured victory for Unai Emery’s visitors in North London.

Lloris endured a horror-show performance between the posts, spilling a ball to allow Villa’s opener before he was beaten at close-range for their second.

His errors have now resulted in four Premier League goals since the start of last season, with three alone this term, and Souness feels he is now a liability.

“I am not a big fan of Hugo Lloris,” the former Liverpool midfielder told Sky Sports in his capacity as a pundit. “I’ve said it for a long time.

“He’s made four errors leading to goals since the start of last season, the most of any keeper in the league. For me, he is past his sell-by date.”

The latest lacklustre performance from Spurs means they have conceded at least twice in seven consecutive league games for the first time since 1988.

Their goalkeeper’s struggles, around a World Cup campaign where he led France to a second successive final, have not helped Conte and his team this term.

He has conceded 3.7 more goals than his Expected Goals faced this season, with only Southampton’s Gavin Bazunu (7.9) and Bournemouth’s Mark Travers (6.2) faring worse in that regard.

Overall, Tottenham have conceded five goals from their own mistakes as a team this term, two more than any other Premier League side.

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