Hugo Lloris' tendency to punch is a feature of his game, but did you know he does so far more than any other Premier League goalkeeper?
The French international easily tops the table of his fellow goalkeepers when it comes to the number of successful punch-aways landed, illustrating he really does have his own unique style when it comes to keeping the score down.
There's nothing to say it is any less effective either. Here's a look at some interesting statistics:
|Joe Hart||Man City||GK||12||14||1,260|
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||11||21||1,890|
|Brad Guzan||Aston Villa||GK||11||21||1,890|
The two goalkeepers who come close are Joe Hart on Michel Vorm, but their punches per game ratio do not outdo the Spurs stopper.
|Joe Hart||Man City||GK||0.86||14||1,260|
So, does being a 'punchy' goalkeeper like Lloris actually do his side any harm? Not when you total the number of clean sheets his has accrued in comparison to his peers.
|Jussi Jääskeläinen||West Ham||GK||8||18||1,620|
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||6||21||1,890|
|Brad Guzan||Aston Villa||GK||6||21||1,890|
Lloris' tendency to punch is unlikely to reduce, in light of the concussion he sustained earlier this season in a collision with Romelu Lukaku.
A goalkeeper often decides to punch to gain an advantage in clearing the ball away, at a risk of failing to connect or get decent contact on the ball.
The alternative is to try and claim the catch into his body, which itself brings greater chance of his being clattered.
What Lloris is doing is certainly working, and fascinating as it is, we see no reason for him to change his style in a hurry.
image: © Stanislav Vedmid