Tottenham's Hugo Lloris - The Premier League's most unique goalkeeper?

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris is by far the 'punchiest' goalkeeper in the Premier League.

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:

PlayerTeamPosPunchesAppsMins
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 24 20 1,800
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 15 21 1,890
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 14 21 1,890
Joe Hart Man City GK 12 14 1,260
Petr Cech Chelsea GK 11 21 1,890
David de Gea Man Utd GK 11 21 1,890
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 11 21 1,890
Allan McGregor Hull GK 10 18 1,575
Michel Vorm Swansea GK 10 13 1,169
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 9 17 1,530
Tim Howard Everton GK 9 20 1,733

The two goalkeepers who come close are Joe Hart on Michel Vorm, but their punches per game ratio do not outdo the Spurs stopper.

NameTeamPosPunches GameAppsMins
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 1.20 20 1,800
Joe Hart Man City GK 0.86 14 1,260
Michel Vorm Swansea GK 0.77 13 1,169

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.

NameTeamPosClean SheetAppsMins
Tim Howard Everton GK 9 20 1,733
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 9 20 1,800
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 9 21 1,890
Petr Cech Chelsea GK 8 21 1,890
Jussi Jääskeläinen West Ham GK 8 18 1,620
Artur Boruc Southampton GK 7 14 1,228
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 6 17 1,530
David de Gea Man Utd GK 6 21 1,890
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 6 21 1,890
Tim Krul Newcastle 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

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