Reports this morning have resurrected the speculation surrounding Hugo Lloris’ future at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Frenchman is one of the only undoubted world class players at White Hart Lane, with stories suggesting that Tottenham will let him leave for a bid of £25 million or more, regardless of whether the side finishes with Champions League football for next season.
For Tottenham fans, it would be a familiar story; a player gets his teeth stuck in at Spurs, fights hard to become one of the club’s best players and is then axed as soon as the right offer comes in to take him away from the club.
If Spurs sell Lloris then it creates a problem for manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, which is similar for the pair of them and makes life difficult for them at White Hart Lane; their relationship with supporters is further dented.
From Pochettino’s point of view, it would represent having one of his best players sold at a key time in his side’s development.
He’s just started to show Tottenham fans the sort of football and performances the side is capable of, with his message starting to finally get through after a difficult start to the campaign.
If Levy commissions the sale of Lloris, it will be another mark against his name with supporters and something he could avoid if he makes sure Lloris isn’t poached, even if the big money bids are dangled in front of Tottenham this month and this summer.
Lloris offers a lot more than the ability to perform as a world class goalkeeper.
He’s a leader at the back and someone who is important in terms of keeping the defence structured and organised.
He’s been vital in recent performances in terms of not just making top quality saves, but also in terms of ensuring that his defence maintains their concentration under heavy pressure.
There are small signs that Tottenham are moving forward under Pochettino.
Success is still possible on multiple fronts this season and more results like the one against Chelsea will improve the Argentine’s popularity.
Levy can share in that popularity if he refuses to do a deal over Lloris with any side coming in for him and the pair of them need to ensure it’s not just a repeat of ‘the same old story’.