Two Hugo Lloris replacements Tottenham should target in January
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris doesn’t expect to finish his career at the club and has said he would be open to a possible move to Major League Soccer.
The Frenchman, 32, joined Tottenham in the summer of 2012 from Lyon and has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football during that time.
He was made club captain in 2015 and played a key role as Tottenham advanced to the UEFA Champions League final last term.
Hugo Lloris has 245 appearances for the club – and counting – and has lifted the FIFA World Cup as captain.
Last season, he showed just how crucial he can be, coming back from a rocky start to the campaign on and off the pitch to save three consecutive penalties from Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero.
Those stops effectively sealed a top-four finish for Tottenham in the Premier League and put his side in the Champions League semi-finals.
Nevertheless, one cannot hide the fact that the Frenchman has shown signs of ageing and following his own admission of not finishing his career at Tottenham, the time could be right for Pochettino to start looking for his replacement.
That being said, here are two goalkeepers Tottenham should consider while replacing Lloris.
1. Alexander Nubel (Schalke)
Schalke’s Alexander Nubel, 22, is one of the brightest talents in the Bundesliga. He was excellent for Germany in the Under-21 European Championships throughout the tournament.
Considered one of the better up and coming young goalkeepers, Nubel, who has already been linked with Spurs earlier this year, enjoyed his breakthrough campaign at Schalke last season as he finished with 18 appearances in the Bundesliga with all of them coming after January.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation in German football, not only impressing with his shot-stopping skills but also with his distribution ability with the feet. Hence, if Spurs lose Lloris, they can give Nubel a first-team spot, which could be enough to lure him away from Schalke.
2. Jack Butland (Stoke City)
When Jack Butland was plying his trade for Birmingham City, Tottenham were interested in signing him. However, a move didn’t go through and he ended up joining Stoke City, instead.
Butland, 26, was once regarded as one of the best youngsters in his position in Europe. He has his frailties but is surely working on them in a bid to achieve top-flight football.
His stock has fallen a bit, following Stoke’s relegation last year, yet the 26-year-old remains a solid shot-stopper and constantly picked in the England squad by Gareth Southgate.
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In terms of shot-stopping, Butland excels between the sticks, while his speed off his line and accurate distribution would make him a perfect replacement for Lloris at Tottenham.