Ex-Tottenham man declares Hugo Lloris Premier League's best goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris

Blackburn Rovers and ex-Spurs keeper Paul Robinson believes the France captain is superior to the likes of Thibaut Courtois, David de Gea and Petr Cech.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, former Spurs number one Paul Robinson has told TalkSport.

Lloris, 28, has earned a reputation as one of the top-flight’s best shot-stoppers since arriving from Lyon in August 2012 for around €10 million, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino declaring him among the world’s best earlier this season.

“I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, not just the Premier League,” the Argentine told Sky Sports in September. “He is unbelievable.

“Neuer, Szczesny... I think there are a lot of good keepers. But Lloris is one of them.”

Nevertheless, Sunday afternoon’s Capital One Cup final opponents Chelsea boast two highly-regarded keepers of their own, in Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech, but Robinson, who featured 175 times for Spurs between 2004 and 2008, believes Lloris is a better all-round option than both.

Asked who he believes is the best in the league, the former England international declared: “I really like Lloris, he’s one of Tottenham’s captains. He’s a leader.

“He comes off his line, he takes chances, he gets away with them and he’s a fantastic shot stopper.

“And 75 or 80 per cent of a goalkeeper’s game at the moment is with his feet and I don’t think there’s anyone better than him in the Premier League at the moment.”

 2014-15 Premier League TeamGoals ConcededErrors Lead To GoalErrors Lead To ShotClean SheetsSaves GAME Crosses Claimed GAMECross Claim AccGoal Kick AccAppearancesMins Played
Hugo Lloris Tottenham 36 1 1 6 3.31 1.23 94% 61% 26 2,340
David de Gea Man Utd 26 0 2 7 2.77 0.73 100% 55% 26 2,340
Joe Hart Man City 21 2 0 8 2.13 1.58 95% 45% 24 2,160
Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 22 0 0 7 2.05 2.23 96% 63% 22 1,914
Petr Cech Chelsea 0 0 0 4 1.6 0.4 100% 47% 5 426

It's hard to validate Robinson's statement from the stats alone, but one thing's for sure is that Lloris is forced into action on a more regular basis than his rivals, making more saves per game than the likes of David de Gea, Joe Hart and the Chelsea keepers - a fact which goes some lengths towards highlighting Tottenham's defensive issues this season compared their fellow top-four contenders.

There remains some slight doubt over whether he will start the weekend's final, with backup Michel Vorm pushing to be rewarded for helping guide the club through the previous rounds of the competition, but their underdog status against the Blues should see Pochettino settle for the safer option in the Frenchman.

In addition, Lloris himself has declared his intent to relieve his teammate of his duties and walk out onto the hallowed Wembley turf, telling the Daily Mail earlier this month: "Your question is really easy question to answer. Everyone [wants to start].

"But, as I said, it is the manager's decision. There is a great mentality in the squad. If you play or you don't play, you are still involved and ready to help the team."

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