Hugo Lloris showed a real confidence for Tottenham in their season opener which bodes well for the remainder of the club's season.
This time last season Hugo Lloris was still a Lyon player, sealing his move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day.
This led to a particularly controversial start to life for him at the club, with many observers believing Brad Friedel had done nothing wrong to warrant losing his place.
When French national team coach Didier Deschamps stuck his nose in to voice his concerns of Lloris making a bad move, fearing he faced a season sitting on the bench an almighty row was stirred up.
Looking back now it seems nothing more than a bedding in period, for within a couple of months manager Andre Villas-Boas had given his commitment to the Frenchman by making him his regular number one.
Lloris had an impressive start, but heading into his first full season he appears ready to step it up a notch.
Having had a season to get to know his teammates and a first taste of the Premier League, and a pre-season behind him, Tottenham could just be about to get an even better goalkeeper this season.
Lloris acts and talks very much like a leader within the team, and in Tottenham's season opener against Crystal Palace he appeared more confident than ever.
His save from Kagisho Dikgacoi in the second half was top class, and an indicator that he will be tougher than before for the opposition to beat.
He already gives the club a real presence in goal, and a solid backline will give the whole backline confidence and allow the rest of the team to blossom.
The Deschamps initiated controversy suddenly seems like a lifetime ago - and Tottenham are about to reap the benefits of bringing him in last summer.
Are you confident with Lloris in goal? How much of an asset can he be to Tottenham?
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