5. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham
We start with the Premier League’s pre-eminent sweeper-keeper.
The France captain had to wait for his chance at White Hart Lane having signed in the summer of 2012 from Lyon.
But the former Nice stopper is Tottenham’s number one, and is crucial in Tottenham's insistence to play a high line.
Against Arsenal, Cardiff and Chelsea, we have seen Lloris fly from his line and out of his penalty box to close an attacker and snuff out a one-on-one opportunity.
This can put hearts in mouths at time, such as his expert tackle on Theo Walcott in the North London derby, as a misjudgement will end in a red card for sure.
One case of over-eagerness was in the two-nil win over Norwich, when Lloris came to claim a high ball on the edge of the area – the wrong side of the area as it turned out, and he was punished for handball.
Fortunately there were defenders behind him, but that is the risk that comes with Lloris. A risk Villas-Boas, Didier Deschamps and plenty others have been
only too happy to take.
Why are Tottenham over-dependent on Lloris? Well, while Brad Friedel, even at 187 or thereabouts, remains a good, experienced keeper, his style is in distinct contrast to Lloris, and the aged American is not adept at sweeping up behind his high-holding back line.