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Forget the wantaway stars or Pochettino, Spurs’ captain is becoming their biggest problem

Spurs have got 99 problems but right now it seems like their goalkeeper is number one.

There are some serious issues floating around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season; an unsettled Christian Eriksen after a failed summer move, Jan Vertonghen being frozen out of the squad and Mauricio Pochettino making some angry noises.

None of them are more pressing than their captain and goalkeeper becoming a complete liability between the sticks.

Yes Hugo Lloris made three brilliant saves against Southampton but he also made a complete howler to hand them a goal early on.

You hang your head Hugo

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You hang your head Hugo

You would have thought that after bungling some footwork in the World Cup final to hand Croatia a (thankfully consolation) goal, you would have thought Lloris would have learned his lesson.

On today’s evidence against Southampton that is very far from the case.

Let me set the scene for you; Spurs were holding on to a narrow 1-0 lead at home with 10 men after Serge Aurier picked up two silly bookings within 30 minutes.

Lloris received the ball as Spurs were playing it around at the back, and instead of doing the sensible thing and making sure the ball was cleared of danger… He did the complete opposite.

Disaster

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Disaster

In classic Lloris style he invited pressure from Danny Ings before trying to pull off a Cruyff turn out of a blind alley.

Ings nicked the ball through his legs and bundled it into the net with Lloris flailing around on the floor as the Southampton man wheeled away celebrating, in disbelief of how easy the goal came.

Lloris has now made nine errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of the 2016/17 season, continuing to demonstrate that he is one of the weak links in this side – despite his position as captain.

Mr. Lonely

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Mr. Lonely

As stated, there are several problems at Spurs right now and the rosy atmosphere surrounding the club after reaching last season’s Champions League final has all but disappeared.

It sounds like there are rifts developing between Poch and some members of the squad and suddenly the results are deepening those issues.

The loss at Colchester in midweek was a real low for the club, while Vertonghen’s absence the season has stumped the fans.

Eriksen’s form or lack thereof is one of the most pressing issues going forward but if Lloris is going to continue to make these glaring errors then he may find Paulo Gazzaniga breathing down his neck more and more.

Worse still, it would be no surprise to see Harry Kane made captain sooner rather than later.


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