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Lloris Contract Talks Stalling: 3 Potential Replacements For The French Stopper

Reports have suggested that Tottenham are struggling to get star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane, with the Sunday Mirror claiming last week that the Frenchman’s fear that Spurs are unable to win trophies is preventing him from putting pen to paper.

1) Jordan Pickford

The Sunderland goalkeeper has been in terrific form of late, and has attracted the interest of Spurs after a string of impressive performances in between the sticks for David Moyes’ side.

The Englishman has been called up recently to the England squad as a result of his terrific form, and has kept Sunderland in many games in the Premier League this season, making a number of key saves to keep Sunderland off the foot of the league.

Pickford has kept just the one clean sheet this term against Hull at the Stadium of Light, but considering the quality of the defence in front of him at Sunderland and Spurs, it could be assumed that Pickford would keep more clean sheets in North London with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen defending in front of him. The 22-year-old makes on average 2.30 saves per goal, which is 0.2 more than French stopper Hugo Lloris.

3 Things We Learned As Spurs Fell To A Toothless Defeat At Old Trafford

A goal from Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan was enough to sink Spurs at Old Trafford and condemn them to their second defeat of this Premier League season, and here is three things we learned as Spurs were beaten 1-0 at the hands of Manchester United. 

1) Moussa Sissoko has listened to Pochettino

A couple of weeks ago, we heard Pochettino say that big money summer signing Moussa Sissoko needs to offer more at Spurs, saying that he was falling short of what the club were expecting of him in his first few months, saying that he needs to prove his worth on the training ground before he can do so on the pitch.

Sissoko has made just eight appearances in the Premier League this season, and has failed to establish himself as a first team regular, not even making the matchday squad on a number of occasions this term since his summer deadline day move from Newcastle.

However, Sissoko did make a positive impact yesterday when he came off the bench at Old Trafford. He caused Matteo Darmian all kinds of trouble down the Spurs right with his pace and strength to beat his man. Unfortunately, the crosses he managed to get into the box caused minimal trouble, but he could be in line for a Premier League start in the near future after a strong performance against Manchester United.

Spurs Braced For Star’s Summer Exit, Pochettino Eyeing Premier League Replacement

With contract talks stalling a little, Spurs could see star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leave White Hart Lane in the summer, and Mauricio Pochettino is already looking at replacements for the Frenchman. 

Reports have previously suggested that Daniel Levy is unwilling to pay anybody a six-figure salary at Spurs, but has just reportedly agreed a £100,000 per week salary on a new contract for key striker Harry Kane. Despite budging once, Levy is unlikely to pay anybody upwards of the £100,000 per week at White Hart Lane.

Lloris has admirers from Real Madrid and PSG, and if Spurs are unable to agree on terms of a new contract, they could see him move on in the summer. Braced for his exit, according to The Sun, Pochettino is looking at signing Jordan Pickford from Sunderland. Joe Hart has been a touted as another potential replacement, but Spurs would be unable to match the wages he received at Manchester City.

Would the Sunderland keeper be a good replacement for Hugo Lloris?

In terms of clean sheets and conceding goal, Lloris seems to be the better of the two goalkeepers. The Frenchman has kept five clean sheets and conceded just nine goals in twelve matches, whereas the 22-year-old has kept just one clean sheet and conceded twenty goals in the same amount of games.

However, it seems that the Englishman has been the busier of the two goalkeepers. This season, Pickford has made 46 saves, Lloris has made just 20 saves. On the other hand, Lloris has made more saves per goal conceded, the 29-year-old making 2.50 saves per goal let in, Pickford making 2.30 per goal. Not too much to split them.

Hugo Lloris’ distribution accuracy is higher that Pickford, the Frenchman maintaining a 74% accuracy rate, whereas Pickford is only accurate on 47% of occasions. Pickford does seem to be busier in terms of catches and punches. Lloris has made just 2 punches and 26 catches this season, whereas Pickford has made 11 punches and 46 catches.

Both keepers have been extremely influential to their respective teams this season. Pickford has kept Sunderland in many games this season and Lloris has made many key saves for Spurs. Would Pickford be a good replacement for Lloris? I’m not so sure whether he is as good as Loris, but for the price Spurs are likely to have to pay and the money they might receive for Lloris, it would be an extremely sensible signing.

Contracts: New Deal For Defender, Key Duo Talks Stall

Jan Vertonghen is set to sign a new contract at Spurs, extending his stay at White Hart Lane, but Spurs and Daniel Levy face a much tougher task in agreeing new contracts for star duo Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane. 

Central-defender Vertonghen is currently paid £60,000-per-week on his current contract, which is due to expire in 2018. However, it is understood that the Belgian will receive a significant pay rise after a string of impressive performance, stretching back to last season.

Spurs will be delighted that Vertonghen is ready to commit his future to the club, but wages are what is stopping Lloris and Kane signing new deals in North London. Reports claim that Daniel Levy is unwilling to pay anybody at the club over 100,000-per-week, with Vertonghen’s wages expected to be just below this figure.

This has not proved to be a problem when negotiating new contracts with Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli, but Daniel Levy miles away from successfully negotiating new contracts with Kane and Lloris as the Chairman refuses to pay anybody at the club a six-figure salary.

However, we heard that Spurs are fairly relaxed about the future of Harry Kane, and are confident that with time he will put pen to paper. But it has come to the surface that an agreement to keep Lloris beyond his current contract that expires in 2019 is much further away.

Vertonghen has been a key part of the Spurs defence this season, and has really stepped up since the knee injury of Toby Alderweireld one month ago. He and his fellow Belgian built up a special partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence, boasting one of the best defensive records in the Premier League last season.

This impressive form has continued into the new season, with Spurs conceding just six times in the Premier League this term. Spurs’ unbeaten success this season is largely down the defence, and it is good to see Daniel Levy recognising this, and taking action in order to keep Vertonghen at the club beyond his current deal.

4-2-3-1 Again: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Bayer Leverkusen

Spurs go into their second Champions League group stage match at Wembley in a decent position in the group following a goalless draw with Wednesdays’ opponents Bayer Leverkusen last time out on matchday three.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways, having not had that winning feeling since the start of October in the win over Manchester City. However, Spurs have not scored a goal from open play since October 15, and this will surely have to change if they are to secure all three points against Bayer Leverkusen.

Toby Alderweireld remains out, but could make his return in the North London derby on Sunday. Harry Kane’s recovery is going well, but the striker will not feature at Wembley. Erik Lamela is a doubt with the same illness he missed the game against Leicester with. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Bayern Leverkusen.

GK: Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman couldn’t quite keep out Musa’s second half attempt against Leicester on Saturday, but has been in great form. His save in the return fixture a couple of weeks ago was world-class, and a clean sheet here would go a long way if we are to beat Leverkusen at Wembley

RB: Kyle Walker
Although we were not able to take all three points away from Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Leicester, Walker put in another top quality performance. He showed us all why he is first choice for Spurs and for the national team. He should start here.

CB: Eric Dier
Dier has played in three positions for Spurs. Right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield. He has shown what a versatile player he is, and has done a good job filling in for the injured Toby Alderweireld. With the Belgian not quite ready to return, I expect Dier to play again.

CB: Jan Vertonghen
With the outstanding performances of Toby Alderweireld this season, the defensive ability of Vertonghen has gone fairly unnoticed. Since Alderweireld has been out, Vertonghen has really stepped up and played really well against Leicester at the weekend. More of the same on Wednesday night please.

LB: Danny Rose
Rose has looked good in a slightly injury interrupted season, and put in another good shift against Leicester on Saturday. I think Rose will start again here and I would like to see him bombing down that left side and getting dangerous crosses into the box towards the likes of Janssen.

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‘Finally Getting Some Recognition’ Fans React To Spurs Goalkeeper’s Inclusion In Ballon d’Or Shortlist

It was yesterday officially confirmed that Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris has made the 30-man nominee list for the Ballon d’Or, with the full list of nominees announced throughout Monday and the winner set to be announced on awards evening in January. 

The Spurs goalkeeper made kit onto the nominee list for the prestigious award and joins big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and former Tottenham man Gareth Bale.

As well as Kevin De Bryne, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba making their way onto the list, Riyad Mahrez along with Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and Dimitri Payet are the only players on the list to have played in the Premier League last season.

Lloris joins three other goalkeepers that have made it into the shortlist, those being Manuel Neuer, Rui Patricio and Gianluigi Buffon.

Spurs fans took to Twitter to react to the news that their goalkeeper had made it onto the list of Ballon d’Or nominees.

Lloris has been a crucial part of the Spurs team, and has made a large number of key saves to keep Spurs in games over the years since he joined the club, making the switch to White Hart Lane.

Saves against Bayer Leverkusen and Bournemouth show just how valuable the Frenchman is to Spurs, having kept clean sheets this season and saving two points in two recent goalless draws.

Lloris will not start for Spurs in the EFL Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield, with Michel Vorm set to step into starting line-up on Tuesday night. However, the Frenchman is expected to return to the starting eleven against Leicester on Saturday.

The Spurs keeper is a world-class individual and can pull off some great saves between the sticks. You just have to look at his save against Bayer Leverkusen to see why Lloris is among the very best in the world and fully deserves his nomination.

‘Absolutely Unreal’ Twitter Amazed By What This Spurs Player Did vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham had to overcome a large amount of Bayer Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half to come away from Germany with a point in the Champions League, maintaining second place in Group E.

The save of the night came from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who somehow scrambled across his goal to keep out an effort from Hernandez, where is looked like to the former Manchester United striker simply could not miss. The ball was 50% over the line, but technology shows that all of the ball failed to cross the line.

Spurs grew into the game in the first half, and Dele Alli had a good headed chance to fire Spurs into the lead, but failed to convert. Vincent Janssen, still in search of his first Spurs goal from open play hit the crossbar before Erik Lamela saw his effort tipped over the crossbar.

Leverkusen made a change at half-time, and this worked massively in their favour as they surged forward in the second half, forcing Hugo Lloris into a world-class save and putting the Spurs defence busy, with Danny Rose making a couple of crucial blocks.

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Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league, and Lloris has made some huge saves along the way to keep Spurs’ incredible defensive record, conceding just four goals in the Premier League this season.

Spurs certainly have Hugo Lloris to thank for their point in Germany, and many fans took to Twitter to heap praise onto the Frenchman, who made six saves at the BayArena with some labelling the stopper world-class. Here is how Twitter reacted to Lloris’ performance in between the sticks.

There is no doubt that Lloris is one of Tottenham’s most important players and it is essential for Tottenham that if they are to remain in the Champions League and compete with the best clubs that they keep hold of players like Lloris. What he did tonight was just another example of how he can win this club vital points. Without that big save Tottenham would’ve been walking away from this game empty handed and would have been in a difficult position to qualify. I think his performance tonight just backs up the fact that he is a World Class goalkeeper.

Player Ratings: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Spurs – Son Shines Again

After losing the opening group game against Monaco, Spurs recovered well to go and win 1-0 at CSKA Moscow courtesy of another Heung-min Son strike with just under twenty minutes remaining. 

It was the South-Korean’s fifth goal in all competitions this season in a big win in Moscow, and here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 7

In the grand scheme of things, Lloris didn’t have too much to do in all honesty, but what he did have to do, he did well and kept a clean sheet with a good couple of saves.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Came in for Kyle Walker, and performed very well, he constantly looked to get down the right-hand side and cause problems, and did exactly that, getting a few good crosses into the box.

Toby Alderweireld- 7

Him and Vertonghen had their hands full all evening, having to deal with the physical presence of Lacina Traore, and they kept the striker fairly quiet, with Alderweireld making a crucial tackle in the first half.

Jan Vertonghen- 7

Also did very well in keeping Traore quiet, and seemed to be man-marking him in the first period, the Belgian won a few crucial duels in a good performance.

Ben Davies- 7

With Danny Rose still out with that hamstring injury, Ben Davies still continues to provide excellent cover. Another solid performance from the Welshman.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Made a few strong tackles, and survived after picking up an early yellow card. However, the Kenyan gave the ball away too many times in the midfield for my liking.

Dele Alli- 7

Played in a deeper role, but when we had the ball, he looked to be just as much of an attacking presence as the front four, and did that very well. Was unlucky to see his first half effort crash off the crossbar.

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Alli Plays Deeper! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face CSKA Moscow

Having lost their opening group stage game of the Champions League, Spurs travel to Russia in desperate need of three points to get their Champions League campaign up and running following that bitterly disappointing defeat against Monaco just a couple of weeks ago.

Spurs will be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Danny Rose in Moscow, who are still recovering from injuries. Moussa Sissoko joins them on the injury table, with Mauricio Pochettino not ruling out the possibility of concussion affecting the Frenchman. Harry Kane however remains the only long-term absentee. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Having played well since returning from injury, I expect Hugo to keep his place in the starting eleven in Russia.

RB: Kyle Walker

Has provided a huge threat over the past few weeks going down that right-hand side, and will be desperate to terrorise the left-back of Moscow on Tuesday night.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

In my opinion, the Belgian has been our most consistent player over the course of the season, and is probably one of the first players on the team-sheet at the moment.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The 29-year-old has worked well with Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence that has conceded just three goals in the Premier League this season.

LB: Ben Davies

Has provided first-class cover for Danny Rose, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury since the international break, and I expect the Welshman to put in another solid performance here.

CDM: Dele Alli

With Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko all out through injury, Dele Alli could be asked to play a deeper role alongside Victor Wanyama. We saw him play in this position against Monaco a couple of weeks ago, and he looked solid. For me, he provides more of a threat playing further forward, but the youngster can still do an excellent job from the deeper role.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

The Kenyan has made a solid start to life at White Hart Lane, and is in line to start again here. He has shown his strengths in breaking up the play in recent weeks, and he will certainly be the more ‘defensive’ of our two CDMs on Tuesday night.

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Lamela Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predcited Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

Off the back of two straight home wins in all competitions, Spurs make the trip to Middlesbrough with good confidence, but will be without Harry Kane for the trip up north.

Pochettino also revealed that he will make last minute calls on the fitness of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Michel Vorm was given a run-out in the midweek cup win against Gillingham, but our French stopper should return to start between the sticks here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been a huge threat to other sides and has played outstandingly this season, and having signed a more than deserved new contract on Friday, I expect him to start at Middlesbrough.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been arguably our most consistent player this season, and showed his threat from corners yet again last week against Sunderland, and after being rested on Wednesday, he should reclaim his starting spot here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Covered the left-back position well in the absense of Danny Rose and Ben Davies from the starting eleven, but I expect him to return to his usual centre-back position on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

With Pochettino making a last-minute desicion on the match-fitness of Danny Rose, Ben Davies could well start again here, with the Champions League match away at CSKA Moscow in the back of the manager’s mind.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

As I have mentioned before, a late decision on whether Danny Rose will play or not will be made, and the same goes for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele. So it might be best not to risk the two in midfield and start Wanyama, who has looked solid in the last couple of games.

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman looked off the pace against Sunderland last week, putting in an under-par performance. We obviously must allow our £30m man time to settle in, so we must not be too harsh. Due to the potential absence of Dier and Dembele, Sissoko could well drop back into defensive midfield for the trip to Middlesbrough.

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