Tottenham’s new signing Hugo Lloris will be a happy man after keeping a clean sheet on his first ever start for his new club.
The £8 million signing from French outfit Lyon was largely made a spectator during Spurs’ 0-0 stalemate against Lazio on Thursday, but this will far from trouble him as he made a perfect start to his Tottenham career.
On two occasions the visitors came close to breaking the deadlock. Lazio came closest through an Alvaro Gonzalez volley leaving the outstretched keeper thankful after seeing the ball ricochet powerfully off the crossbar. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Miroslav Klose will be wondering how he didn’t connect to a through ball leaving him one-on-one with Lloris just yards from goal.
Registering just one shot on goal, Lazio hardly tested Lloris in a game Spurs will feel they should have won. For the debutant goalkeeper, he couldn’t ask for much more, with the ten men in front of him proving more than capable of shutting Lazio out for the first time this season.
Andre Villas-Boas’ team selection was strong, with Lloris handed his first start for his new club and replacing veteran Brad Friedel between the posts, in a match the manager clearly went all out to win. However, he mustn’t be too disheartened by his defence at all, and Lloris didn’t step a foot wrong once in the Europa League tie.
He won every aerial battle he attempted, with his shouts for airborne balls heard around the ground, and showed good hands catching every ball he targeted. Looking a shrewd buy for Tottenham, Lloris is only 25-years-old and has countless years of top-flight football ahead of him.
During his spell at Lyon, he was awarded the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award, and is the No. 1 choice as goalkeeper and captain for France. With vast domestic and European experience, the level-headed, agile goalkeeper will certainly prove a more than capable replacement when 41-year-old Friedel does decide to hang up his boots.
If he can continue his Spurs’ career as well as he has started it, he will be a fan favourite in no time, and Tottenham can once and for all end their long wait for a sturdy long-term replacement for AVB’s side.