Tottenham Hotspur are on the lookout to find Hugo Lloris’ deputy in the summer as Michel Vorm will be out of contract by next month. To replace him, Spurs are being linked with a move for highly impressive Southampton custodian Alex McCarthy. The Englishman was impressive in the latter stages of the season as he helped the Saints to continue their run in the Premier League.
McCarthy was initially the second choice starter at the club and Fraser Forster was the no.1 at St.Mary’s. However, after some shoddy performances by Forster, the manager gave McCarthy a run of games and he didn’t disappoint. He started in 26 games and managed to keep 8 clean sheets. He made his name during the end part of the season when the Saints were fighting relegation. In those dire straits, the 28-year-old was instrumental as he kept his team in the game with some brilliant saves.
Such performances brought a lot of attention towards him and as a result, he has been linked with various other Premier League clubs. Now it seems that the North London club has also got him in their sights as they look to build a strong squad for next season.
Lloris might be the club captain and a preferred no.1 but he has a bit of inconsistency to his game as we have seen him make some fatal errors at the back. One feels that McCarthy might not be satisfied by being the no.2 keeper at a club as there are various Premier league clubs where he can be the first choice starter.
The Englishman has been called twice to the senior squad but he is yet to make an appearance for the Three Lions. To be in contention to play for England, he will certainly have to move to a club where he will be a first choice player.
The Saints themselves will be keen to hold on to him as they surely wouldn’t like to have a relegation scare next season as well. Until and unless there is a good amount of money being involved and a regular first-choice starting on offer, McCarthy will most probably stay at St.Mary’s for another season. Spurs might be able to offer him Champions League football but he would surely not like to watch those games from the bench. He is 28 and at the prime of his career, he surely shouldn’t let his chance to feature in starting lineups go begging by becoming the no.2 choice when he can play as the no.1 at various clubs including Southampton.