Conte’s Hugo Lloris quotes questioned

BBC pundit Chris Sutton has claimed Antonio Conte may as well sign him if he wants ‘personality’ in the dressing room after the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s comments on Hugo Lloris.

What’s the word?

It was a day to forget in the north London derby this weekend when Spurs took on Arsenal in front of their own fans. Indeed, two-first half goals saw the Gunners claim a fairly routine 2-0 win over their local rivals.

Martin Odegaard added a second for his side but Arsenal were handed the opener when goalkeeper Lloris fumbled Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net.

Unsurprisingly, the Spurs number one has faced a lot of criticism since then but his manager came to his defence after the game. Indeed, the Spurs boss insisted that his captain is in the team due to his ‘personality’.

In reaction to this, though, while speaking on BBC Radio Show 606, Sutton said: “Conte backing Hugo Lloris. And I can understand that to some extent, but where are you on this, Spurs fans?

“He says, ‘I consider Hugo one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It can happen, Hugo for us is one of the players who is really important for the dressing room, for his personality.’

“Well, if he wants personality in the dressing room, he might as well sign me on a five-year deal.”

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Time to move on?

As much as it was a bad afternoon for all the Spurs players, Lloris stood out as one of the worst performers. For instance, in the football.london player ratings, Alasdair Gold gave him a 3/10 for his efforts and claimed: “his mistake turned the match and they’re becoming too frequent”.

It’s easy to see why certain parts of the media are begging to lose faith in the goalkeeper. After all, according to Squawka, with ten mistakes, Lloris has made more errors directly leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of the 2016/17 season than any other player.

And so, while Conte may like his personality in the dressing room, it’s surely more important that he can step and up and deliver on the pitch when needed. It’s no wonder, the club have been linked with Brentford shot-stopper David Raya recently.