It has been an up-and-down campaign for French stopper Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur. He has had his moments of sheer lunacy and brilliance - often all at the same time.
Errors have crept into his game and his sweeper-keeper style put himself at serious risk when he collided with Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park earlier in the season.
Lloris recently made it to the 50 Premier League games mark and his performances seem to have improved in recent weeks - so it certainly looks as though things are back on track for the French national team captain.
And his goalkeeper coach Tony Parks has been speaking about his student.
Parks, who won the UEFA Cup when a Tottenham player, said of the current Spurs stopper:
“Obviously, he has all the attributes that all top goalkeepers have – agility, speed, power – he doesn’t look particularly strong in terms of his frame, but he’s a physically strong individual. I don’t think there is a lot to choose between the top goalkeepers these days, just their mental strength and that’s the area that really impresses me with Hugo. He’s mentally very tough. He’s been playing for a long time already, from a young age, when he was given the opportunity to perform in matches rather than on training pitches. That is now our gain. I believe, absolutely, that he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and I won’t change my opinion on that.”
Big words of confidence in the players talents.
Lloris is certainly up there - but is he the best in the league?
Some would certainly argue a case for Asmir Begovic, Joe Hart and David de Gea. Meanwhile the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and Tim Howard have improved massively over the past 12 months.
But he is right - the difference between these keepers is very small indeed. In fact, it is pretty clear that all are about as good as one another overall - with each having different strengths and weaknesses that take them forward.
Is Lloris the best in the league?
That is almost an impossible statement to make with such incredible competition.
But he is certainly up there.
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