Lloris remains first choice at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but number two Pierluigi Gollini is set to return to Italy once his loan deal expires.
What is Tottenham’s current goalkeeping situation?
Following Joe Hart’s departure ahead of this season, Spurs now only have two senior shotstoppers at the club, with Gollini providing cover for Lloris.
Fortunately for Tottenham, it’s been more than two years since the Frenchman missed a single minute of Premier League football, which has restricted Gollini to playing in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa Conference League.
But since Spurs have exited each of those competitions, Gollini, who’s been shaky whenever he has played, has been forced to watch on from the bench.
Overall, he’s made just 10 appearances, keeping a measly two clean sheets, despite playing against the likes of Pacos de Ferreira, Mura, and Morecambe.
As a result, he’s expected to return to Atalanta at the end of the season, and Crook reckons that Antonio Conte will sign someone to “challenge” Lloris, rather than provide cover for the 2018 World Cup winner.
What did Crook say about Tottenham?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Defensively is the area where you would say they most need reinforcements. If they don’t qualify for the Champions League, it’s not going to be because of the top end of the pitch, it’s going to be because of the backline.
“I think they’ll bring in a new goalkeeper to really challenge Hugo Lloris for the number one spot.”
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Have Tottenham been linked with any goalkeepers?
With Tottenham currently suffering from a homegrown issue, they’re likely to target an English goalkeeper to replace Gollini.
According to the Manchester Evening News, in January, Spurs were linked with a move for Dean Henderson, who’s not played a minute of top-flight football this season. The England stopper wants to leave Old Trafford after falling behind David De Gea and could become an option for Tottenham.
But the Evening Standard believe that Sam Johnstone, who’ll become a free agent once his contract at West Brom expires at the end of next month, is a likelier arrival, with a report earlier this month stating that Conte’s side are in ‘pole position’ to sign the 29-year-old.
Manchester United were also in the race for Johnstone’s signature, but Tottenham are now ‘increasingly confident’ of signing the Baggies keeper.