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Tottenham Hotspur Skipper Could Move To Manchester United: Should Jose Cut Him Loose?

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L’Equipe has recently reported that Tottenham Hotspur skipper Hugo Lloris could move to Manchester United this summer. It is believed that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho might replace the French custodian with LOSC Lille’s Mike Maignan during the summer transfer window (via L’Equipe).

Lloris’ Inconsistent Season At The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Lloris has endured a poor season at North London after struggling to find consistency with his performances as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice keeper. The Nizza-born talent has been guilty of making some uncharacteristic errors at the back for Spurs which has put his future at the English capital in doubt.

The 34-year-old has shipped in 43 goals and earned 12 clean sheets in 38 appearances for the London giants this term across all competitions. Lloris is averaging 0.5 clearances and 5.3 long balls per game in the Premier League this season. However, he has given away the ball cheaply at times when distributing the ball out from his penalty box, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 69% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Lloris’ current contract with Spurs is set to run out at the end of next season, so it makes sense for Jose Mourinho to consider cashing in on him for a cut-price fee this summer or else risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

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What Are The France International’s Strengths And Weaknesses?

When Lloris is playing with confidence, he can still be an excellent presence in between the sticks for Spurs. However, he is prone to making errors at the back and has lost some sharpness from his game. The Frenchman has still got excellent reflexes that help him pull off some breathtaking saves on the field. He is usually good with his positioning inside his penalty area and can be a decent handler of the ball, especially when he is coming out to collect crosses from corners.

Should Tottenham Part Ways With Lloris This Summer?

However, Lloris’ inconsistent form has often let Tottenham down this season which is why Spurs should think about cutting him loose when the transfer window commences later this year. Mourinho will be better off recruiting a younger and more capable replacement for his club captain and in Maignan, he could have a great choice to consider in this off-season.

At 34, Lloris is way past his prime and is currently not playing at a level good enough for a club of Tottenham’s stature. With all things considered, Spurs should definitely ship the French sensation out of North London during the summer transfer period.

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