Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has revealed on BBC Sport how Hugo Lloris’s performance at the weekend made an impression on Martin Keown.
North London outfit Tottenham continued their impressive run of positive results in the Premier League on Saturday, when they eased past West Bromwich Albion 3-0 away from home.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane were the goalscorers and took most of the plaudits, but Lloris also played his role in the win.
The France international goalkeeper made two great saves from James Morrison and Claudio Yacob when Spurs were 2-0 up.
It was mainly because of those two saves that Crooks included the 28-year-old in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport.
The 56-year-old has also revealed just how impressed Arsenal great Keown was when he saw those two saves from Lloris.
“West Brom manager Tony Pullis said in his Match of the Day interview after the 3-0 loss to Tottenham that the two turning points in the game were the saves made by Hugo Lloris from James Morrison and Claudio Yacob,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.
“The save from Morrison had Martin Keown widely applauding the Frenchman in the Final Score studio and then nudging me to ensure I had seen the save that he thought was even better from Yacob. Theses save must have been amazing to get Keown excited.”
Keown is one of the greatest defenders to have ever played in the Premier League, and it is a testament to Lloris’s great performance that the Arsenal legend was so impressed.
While Eriksen and Kane have been the two best outfield players for Tottenham so far this season, without Lloris Spurs would have scored as many goals than they have.
The former Lyon star is arguably the only world-class player in the Tottenham squad and does not always get recognised for that, perhaps due to the North London club not challenging for the Premier League title and playing in the Champions League.
Nevertheless, Lloris’s class and calibre cannot be undermined. He is easily one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.