Spurs: Five reasons why Lloris should be AVB's number one
There's a storm brewing at the Lane for the number one jersey. American veteran Brad Friedel currently has his hands on it, but French international Hugo Lloris didn't agree to join Spurs to keep the bench warm.
Andre Villas-Boas has caused uproar in France by claiming Lloris will have to earn the right to be Tottenham's number one, but here are five reasons why the former Lyon shot stopper deserves to be number one.
1. Hugo Lloris is rated as one of the world's best goalkeepers and he is only 25. To be that good at such a young age and to captain your national side as well, Lloris deserves a bit more respect from AVB.
2. You do not splash out £12 million on a goalkeeper to leave him warming the bench behind a 41-year-old. Sure Friedel may possess vast experience of the Premier League, but how is Llloris supposed to adapt if he isn't given a chance?
3. Goalkeepers tend to blossom with age but at 25 Lloris is a part of a new breed of top class young goalkeepers. Look at Joe Hart at Man City, De Gea at United and even Sczcesny at Arsenal. With an experienced head and an agile body, Lloris is one hell of a talent.
4. Although Friedel pulled off some magnificent saves against Norwich at the weekend, the American isn't the most convincing coming off his line. He also hasn't managed to keep a single clean sheet so far this season.
5. Lloris is an exceptional keeper. He was voted the best shot stopper in France in three out of four seasons, won the French Cup last season, has bags of Champions League experience and has already played 38 times for France. Surely that deserves a start in the Spurs team, doesn't it?
My colleague Colin Illingworth believes Friedel should be number one. Read his argument here. Five reasons why Friedel should be AVB's number one
Calling all Spurs fans: Do you agree with me that Lloris should be number one? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.
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