Four possible replacements for Hugo Lloris, including English wonderkid, as Tottenham star admits his future lays elsewhere

19 Sep

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said that he will not finish his playing career at the club, citing a desire to play in the MLS before he hangs up his gloves.

Although his time in North London has been trophy-less so far, the French shot-stopper, 32, has played a huge part in the club’s recent good fortune, including their 2018/19 Champions League campaign where they finished as runners up.

Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris celebrate making the Champions League last season
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Signed from Lyon by Andre Villas-Boas in 2012, Lloris quickly established himself as first-choice between the sticks.

Following the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, Lloris signed a five-year contract extension and twelve months later was made club skipper after the departure of Younes Kaboul.

Four years down the line and Lloris still wears the armband, has 245 appearances for the club – and counting – and has lifted the FIFA World Cup as captain.

Last season the Frenchman showed just how vital he can be, coming back from a tough start to the campaign on and off the pitch to save three consecutive penalties, from Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Sergio Aguero.

The stops effectively seal a top four finish in the Premier League and put Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.

But all good things must come to an end and he’s admitted he will not end his career in north London.

Sergio Aguero sees his Champions League spot-kick saved by Lloris
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“I do not think I’m going to finish [my career] at Tottenham,” Lloris told France Football.

“I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it. You also have to know when to say stop at the right time, but I’m not against the idea of ​​discovering something new.”

It’ll be a sad day for Tottenham fans around the world when Lloris leaves, but the question on everyone’s mind will be – who will replace him? talkSPORT.com take a look below.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

When he made his senior debut for the Italian national side in 2016, Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest to do so at the age of 17 years and 189 days, and is often regarded to as the heir to Buffon.

Three years later and he has a total of 145 appearances for Milan and is still only 20.

During his first four seasons as Milan’s first choice keeper they finished between fifth and seventh in the league.

In the same four-season period, Tottenham have established themselves as Champions League regulars, finishing in the top four in each, including a second place finish behind Chelsea in the 2016-17 campaign.

If fortunes for both sides carry on in the same way, it would be hard for Donnarumma to turn down the opportunity to play in Europe’s elite tournament.

Donnarumma is already a top experienced goalkeeper at a young age
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Nick Pope (Burnley)

Sean Dyche’s No.1 took the long way to the top.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 2011 having come through the ranks at Ipswich Town and spent a three year spell at non-league club Bury Town but then spent several loan spells away from the club.

Eventually he broke into the team and soon he was on his way to Burnley where he became No.1 after Tom Heaton sustained a lengthy injury in September 2017.

For the remainder of the season Pope continued to impress between the sticks for the clarets and was selected by Gareth Southgate to represent England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

An injury saw Pope’s season stall last year but now, following the departure of Heaton to Aston Villa, Pope has started the current campaign as Burnley’s No.1 and was selected by Gareth Southgate for the September internationals.

Five years Lloris’ junior, Pope could have the perfect amount of experience to make the leap from Burnley to north London.

Can Pope work miracles for Spurs and replace Lloris?
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Freddie Woodman – (Newcastle – on loan at Swansea)

The 22-year-old went through the ranks at Crystal Palace, before switching to Tyneside in 2013.

So far, Woodman only has four first-team appearances to his name in a Newcastle shirt, all of which came in the FA Cup, and has spent much of his time out on loan.

The English shot-stopper’s finest achievements so far have come in an England shirt. First, in the 2014 Under-17’s European Championship, where he saved a penalty in the final as England beat Holland, and three years later at the Under-20’s World Cup in 2017, where he once again saved a penalty in the final as England saw off Venezuela to win the tournament.

Currently on loan at Swansea City for the 2019/20 season, Woodman has started every league match so far, keeping three clean sheets in the opening seven games, including one against title favourites Leeds United.

A young English talent between the sticks could tick all the boxes for Mauricio Pochettino and could ensure he has a new number one for many years to come.

Will Woodman be the man to come in for Lloris in the long-term?
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Paulo Gazzaniga (27) – Tottenham

How about a man already in the building?

Gazzaniga joined from Southampton in summer 2017 as cover for Lloris, the Argentinian made great first-team impressions in cup competitions both domestic and on the European stage, penalty shootout heroics against Watford in the Carabao Cup and helping Tottenham to a 2-1  home win over PSV in November 2018.

His performances earned him a first ever call-up to the Argentina squad and he made his debut against Mexico where he kept a clean sheet.

With a handful of impressive performances under his name in a Tottenham shirt the Argentinian will be fully aware of how fellow Argentinian Pochettino likes his team to play.

So, maybe the man Tottenham need to fill in for Lloris’ big gloves is already in right in front of them.

Can Gazzaniga take over the reins from Lloris?
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England manager Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday.

Speculation suggests Chelsea starlet Mason Mount could get his first call-up having impressed in his three appearances for the Blues this season.

Mount made it two goals in two games when he scored against Norwich and was later chosen as man of the match by talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton
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The Three Lions currently top their group on goal difference thanks to their thumping 5-0 win against Czech Republic and could fire themselves well clear of their opponents with two victories at the start of September.

Southgate, though, can expect plenty of scrutiny about his squad with huge selection dilemmas throughout the group.

James Maddison’s good form continues despite the England boss’ seeming unwillingness to pick the Leicester ace, while at right Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Kieran Trippier have all started well.

Kieran Trippier appears to have acclimatised to life at Atletico Madrid very quickly
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It promises to be a fascinating squad reveal but how would the 25-man group look if it was picked on statistics from the 2019/20 season?

Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve looked at the best English stars according WhoScored.com and made our selection based on their ratings (out of 10) – and there are some big shocks…

Goalkeepers (3)

Nick Pope (Burnley) – 7.10

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 6.64

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – 6.55

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Full-backs (4)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – 7.29

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) – 7.23

Solly March (Brighton) – 7.13

Solly March is starring at left wing-back for Brighton under Graham Potter
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 6.86

Centre-backs (5)

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) – 7.42

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 7.39

Harry Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
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Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – 7.32

Ben Mee (Burnley) – 7.31

Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United) – 7.14

Midfielders (7)

Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 7.73

James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.50

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester this season
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Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – 7.12

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 6.99

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – 6.89

Lundstram scored the winner for Sheffield United against Crystal Palace
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Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – 6.95

Forwards (6)

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8.57

Jadon Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough season at Dortmund in 2018/19
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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 8.29

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – 8.12

Ashley Barnes has started the season in rich vein for Burnley
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – 7.23

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 7.21

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – 6.98

Southampton got off the mark with a win at Brighton – Nathan Redmond scoring in the game
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Tottenham Hotspur transfer gossip: Five potential Hugo Lloris replacements after Liverpool blunder costs Spurs

1 Apr

Hugo Lloris was once seen as one of the most trust-worthy and consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.

After arriving from Lyon in 2012, the France international became renowned for his excellent shot-stopping and ability to command his box.

However, his form this term has been erratic, to say the least.

Hugo Lloris has been below par this season

After lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia, the 32-year-old was arrested for drink-driving a month later and his form on the pitch began to dip.

His most recent mistake came against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, as he palmed Mohamed Salah’s weak header against the legs of Toby Alderweireld to cost Spurs the chance of an invaluable point.

A bizarre performance against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League saw Spurs play with 10-men after Lloris made a ridiculous challenge on Hirving Lozano.

There have also been mistakes against Barcelona, Cardiff City and even in the World Cup Final itself in what has been an erratic 12 months for the keeper.

The World Cup winner saw red for this rash tackle on Hirving Lozano

While it would easy to suggest pulling the trigger, Lloris has not yet reached the Heurelho Gomes standard of goalkeeping.

But there is no harm considering potential replacements for a player who appears to be letting his standards slip.

So just who could Spurs bring in? Scroll down to see five potential transfer targets to replace Hugo Lloris with.

Thomas Strakosha – Lazio

The Lazio shot-stopper was linked with Liverpool last summer

Tottenham could potentially land the Albanian international on a free transfer as his contract runs out this summer.

Lazio reportedly told Liverpool it would require a bid in excess of £35million to prise their star man away from Italy in the summer.

Strakosha is certainly more confident with the ball at his feet than Lloris and is a more than capable shot-stopper too.

Timo Horn – FC Cologne

Another former Liverpool target, Horn is ready to make the step up

A Cologne fan, Horn’s loyalty to his boyhood club is admirable in today’s market. But the young German needs to start thinking about his career prospects.

At 25, there is no immediate rush to make a lucrative move. But the shot-stopper has all the attributes to make it in the Premier League.

Standing at 6″4 and with a huge reach, Horn presents a greater physical presence than Lloris. Although his distribution still needs work, time is certainly on his side in this situation.

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Emil Audero – Sampdoria

Audero has one of the highest save percentages in Europe

Having recently been compared to Italian legend Gianluca Pagliuca, it’s will be no surprise if top clubs begin sniffing around the 21-year-old talent. He has one of the highest save percentages in Europe, competing with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Liverpool star Alisson.

Sampdoria do have an option to buy the player at the end of the loan, but could be persuaded to flip the player if offered serious cash.

Tottenham are definitely keeping an eye on the Italian side having also been linked with defender Joachim Andersen

Nick Pope – Burnley

The return of Tom Heaton has limited Pope’s game time

After a fantastic breakout season at Turf Moor last campaign, Pope ensured 2018 was a year he would never forget after earning a call-up to England’s World Cup squad.

But the former Charlton Athletic star soon had his world turned upside down when he suffered a dislocated shoulder injury and was ruled out until December.

With Tom Heaton starring between the sticks for the Clarets, the 26-year-old may decide to pursue pastures new when the transfer window opens.

Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham Hotspur

Entrusting Gazzaniga could save Spurs millions in the transfer market

When called upon in cup competitions or in the absence of Lloris, Gazzaniga has been a fantastic deputy.

The Argentine made his Premier League bow at Southampton, before Mauricio Pochettino secured a reunion with his compatriot.

At the back end of last year, the 27-year-old made his international debut and will surely begin to demand regular game time.

Burnley keeper Nick Pope out for three months after sustaining dislocated shoulder against Aberdeen in Europa League

30 Jul

Nick Pope faces up to three months out with a shoulder injury, according to reports.

The Burnley and England goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder during the Clarets’ 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in the Europa League last week.

Pope was helped off the pitch by Burnley medical staff after sustaining the injury

Pope, 26, was forced off after 14 minutes at Pittodrie and went to see a specialist to find out the full extent of the injury.

And ESPN FC claim the scans have revealed the glovesman will need to undergo surgery on the injured shoulder and is thus likely to miss the first three months of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

This comes as a major blow to Burnley boss Sean Dyche as Pope established himself as the first choice keeper before earning a place in England’s World Cup squad in the summer.

Liverpool prepare bid for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as search for Loris Karius’ replacement goes on

10 Jun

Nick Pope is set to be the subject of a £15m offer from Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp continues his hunt to bring a new goalkeeper to Anfield.

Pope, the Burnley glovesman, is currently with the England camp as he prepares to head to the Russia World Cup as England’s third-choice keeper.

Pope is part of the England squad for this summer’s World Cup

He was one of the finest shot stoppers in the Premier League last season with just 35 goals conceded, having only come into Burnley’s starting line-up due to the serious injury suffered by Tom Heaton.

And the Sun say Klopp will make a £15m move to bring the 26-year-old to Anfield this summer.

One of Liverpool’s priorities this summer is to bring in a new No1 to replace Loris Karius, who made two howlers in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Karius is likely to stay at Anfield, though Simon Mignolet wants to leave the club to guarantee more first-team football.

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Alisson, the Brazil goalkeeper, has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, but Pope is the more affordable option with Roma asking for around £70m for one of their prize assets.