Sky Sports pundits criticise Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has helped Tottenham Hotspur keep a better defensive record than any other Premier League side this season.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on March 14, that Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s poor form has cost his side points in recent weeks.

Lloris was arguably at fault as Spurs let a 2-1 lead slip against Arsenal two weekends’ ago.

The French goalkeeper failed to deal with a tame Alexis Sanchez shot which crept in at the far post, and Nicholas claims that error was not his first.

“You need your goalkeeper to be more than alert [if you’re going to win the title],” he said. “To be fair, he has been a sensational signing, but recently he has been at fault over two or three weeks.”

Paul Merson agreed with his fellow Soccer Saturday panelist, suggesting that Lloris should also have done better with the goal that West Ham United scored against Spurs to secure a 1-0 win.

“I thought he should have saved the one at West Ham,” Merson added.

Despite the criticism, Lloris is widely regarded as one of Tottenham’s most important players and he has saved them far more points than he has cost them this season.

The 29-year-old’s shot stopping ability makes him one of the standout goalkeepers in the Premier League, and his position in Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s starting line-up is under little threat.

Lloris was back to his best in his most recent performance, as he kept a clean-sheet in Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.

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