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Tottenham Hotspur Eyeing A Move For This French Keeper: What Will He Add To Mourinho’s Side?

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In a recent report, L’Equipe has mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for LOSC Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan. It is believed that Spurs are showing interest in recruiting the French keeper, which could open the door for Hugo Lloris to seal a move away from North London this summer (via L’Equipe).

Maignan’s Decent Run Of Form For Lille This Season

Maignan is having a great season at Stade Pierre Mauroy because he has managed to put in some dominant displays in between the sticks for Christophe Galtier’s first-team. The former Paris Saint-Germain youngster has featured in 40 matches for the French outfit this term, conceding 34 goals and securing 18 clean sheets in multiple competitions.

The 25-year-old has done well to average 0.5 clearances and 5.0 long balls per game in the Ligue 1 and the UEFA Europa League this season. However, he has been a bit untidy with his ball-distribution after completing 66.4% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Maignan has matured into a top keeper at Lille this season, so he could be a decent signing for Spurs if Jose Mourinho can figure out a way to get a deal over the line for him in this off-season. At 25, he is entering his prime and would be a good long-term acquisition for the North Londoners.

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What Will The French Custodian Add To Jose Mourinho’s Side?

Maignan possesses quick reflexes that help him pull off some impressive saves inside his penalty area. He is often quick to react to the danger and can position himself ideally to make a clearance when required. The Frenchman is a decent handler of the ball and can dominate his six-yard box with authority when coming out to collect crosses. Maignan can get a lot of distance with his goal kicks but needs to be more accurate when passing the ball out from the back if he wants to succeed at a club like Tottenham.

A keeper of Maignan’s skill set will undeniably add a lot of quality to Spurs’ first-team and could prove to be a great long-term successor to Hugo Lloris, whose contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium expires at the end of next season. The Lille star has a knack for keeping clean sheets when his team needs him the most and is on the verge of breaking into the world-class bracket.

Maignan is good enough to become Jose Mourinho’s number one keeper at North London for years to come. With all things considered, Spurs would be wise to orchestrate a move to secure the services of the talented French goalie during the summer transfer window.

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