Tottenham’s Lloris ‘by far’ the Premier League’s best goalkeeper

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The Spurs shot-stopper remains streets ahead of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea in the eyes of the ex-Wales international.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris is “by far the best” goalkeeper in the Premier League, according to former Everton and Wales shot-stopper Neville Southall.

The France international is into his fifth season at White Hart Lane, having linked up with Spurs in the summer of 2012.

His arrival from Lyon was considered to be quite a coup at the time, and his reputation has only been enhanced during a stellar spell in England’s top-flight.

Lloris was already established prior to joining Tottenham, with his composure and ball-playing ability coupled with athletic reflexes attracting the interest of Europe’s elite before Spurs won the race to sign him.

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He is still only 29 years of age – with his career as a top-class keeper expected to span many more years yet – and has shown over the last few seasons that he deserves a standing alongside the global elite.

In the eyes of Southall, he is the standout performer in the English top-flight at present, with the likes of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea operating in his shadow.

He told Goal when pressed for his pick of the Premier League custodians: “I think Lloris is by far the best one – by far.
“Courtois at Chelsea is up there. [Jack] Butland, when fit, is decent. The rest of them? De Gea is the next one. Definitely Lloris is top, I can’t see past him. Jack Butland, De Gea, Courtois, those are the four.

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“Petr Cech has done great but isn’t at that level anymore, but he’s just as effective in some ways. He’s one that you can hang your hat on as being nine out of 10 every week.

“The lad at Sunderland, Jordan Pickford, looks to be okay, but he’s only just got into the team. There are some steady ones but not world-class ones. For me, it’s got to be those four.”

Lloris has chalked up 140 Premier League appearances for Spurs, and over 460 in his club career.

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He has also been capped on 85 occasions by France and has skippered his country since being handed the armband on an initial interim basis in November 2010.

Another standout performance for Spurs in their midweek Champions League clash with Monaco – in which he saved a penalty from Radamel Falcao – was not enough to keep their dreams alive in that competition, but he will be hoping to return to that stage in 2017-18 as Mauricio Pochettino’s side chase down another top-four finish.

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