Michael Bridge believes that convincing Hugo Lloris to sign a new contract was one of Tottenham‘s top priorities this season.
The Frenchman’s deal was set to expire this summer before he put pen two paper and extended his stay at Spurs by another two years.
What’s the latest news involving Lloris?
Lloris’ form has dipped since he signed a new contract, but the 35-year-old has been an incredible servant for Tottenham over the best part of 10 years.
He was arguably at fault for both of Wolves’ goals in the defeat earlier this month before dropping a clanger which allowed Ilkay Gundogan to equalise in the dramatic win at Manchester City, but he did make up for his mistake by pulling off a miraculous second half save from the German midfielder.
Regardless, he did recently pass 400 appearances for the club and has only highlighted his importance with a string of fine displays this season. Even when some of his teammates were struggling earlier in the campaign, Lloris was continuously one of their better performers.
As a result, only five other sides have kept more clean sheets than Spurs this season, the top-three, Arsenal and Wolves.
Therefore, Bridge believes that convincing Lloris to stay at the club was extremely important.
What did Bridge say about Lloris?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I was saying for weeks that tying him up was one of the most important things the club should be doing.”
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Why did Tottenham need to keep Lloris?
Not only is Lloris still up there with the best in the Premier League, but Spurs have so many other issues they need to fix before worrying about signing a new goalkeeper.
Antonio Conte has a number of positions he needs to strengthen when the transfer window opens, including bringing in a centre-back, right wing-back and a couple of attacking players.
Therefore, with priorities elsewhere, keeping Lloris around the club was a big coup for Spurs, especially considering he’s not only their longest serving player, but he has been the captain for a number of seasons.
But more importantly, when Lloris is in top form and not making uncharacteristic mistakes, he’s still one of the best around, even though he turns 36 at the end of this year.