The Spurs captain has reportedly turned down a new contract.
After what has been a fairly uninterrupted upwards trajectory for Tottenham Hotspur over the past two years – minus a dreadful end to the season – the first bump in the road this summer has emerged in the form of Hugo Lloris.
The talismanic stopper has rejected Spurs’ initial attempt to secure his future beyond the 2019 expiry of his current deal, according to The Independent.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier look dejected
While this doesn’t necessarily suggest an exit is imminent, it is worth considering the possibility and on closer inspection it may not be such a terrifying prospect.
Spurs have evolved immeasurably in the near four years since the 29-year old’s arrival from Lyon and he is no longer the one-man defence he had, on occasion, appeared to be. The days of having to sprint 30 yards off his line to rectify a dodgy Vlad Chiriches moment have been replaced by an assured rearguard which enjoyed the joint-best defensive record last season (despite the five conceded at Newcastle on the final day).
Tottenham's Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld remonstrate with referee Jonathan Moss
Lloris is capable of the spectacular and kept Spurs in games at times last season but the Frenchman wasn’t at his world-class best for the whole campaign. His famed shot-stopping let him down at times – most notably for Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser at White Hart Lane – and his kicking has been suspect for a while.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before a game
Mauricio Pochettino’s team tend to dominate possession and typically restrict their opponents to few chances which could suggest a lack of concentration stemming from a lesser workload has hampered Lloris.
There are plenty of viable replacements around should the Frenchman depart who may, in fact, be better suited to this new-look Spurs team. It is a clear sign of how far Tottenham have come under Pochettino that Lloris’ potential exit can now be viewed as a mild inconvenience rather than a catastrophe.