Pau Lopez’s one and only season at Tottenham Hotspur is best left forgotten.
The Spain U21 shot-stopper arrived in North London on loan from Espanyol in the hope of forcing his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s side, earning a permanent contract and – eventually – replacing Hugo Lloris as Spurs’ number one.
Instead, Lopez failed to make a single first-team appearance and, after a season in which he only played reserve football, returned to Spain wondering what went wrong. This simply looked like the wrong move at the wrong time for a talented young goalkeeper.
But maybe the error was all Tottenham’s.
Two years on, Lopez is going from strength to strength. He is now Real Betis’ number one, a regular in the Spain national team and, perhaps most tellingly, lined up for a big-money move to one of Europe’s most historic clubs.
Roma have since made a £16 million bid, as reported by Gianluca di Marzio. When you consider that the Giallorossi seemingly see the 24-year-old as Alisson Becker’s long-term replacement, it is clear how highly they rate Lopez.
All the while, Tottenham’s goalkeeping situation is looking less and less clear with Lloris enduring a difficult 12 months on and off the pitch.
If only they’d taken the chance to sign Lopez. He’d be gearing up to take the number one shirt at this point.
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