White Hart Lane bench warmer is getting cold feet.
Lloris signed from Lyon for £8 million on transfer deadline day, but he has only started one Premier League game so far, with Villas-Boas preferring to use the Frenchman in the Europa League.
The Tottenham manager has opted to stick with 41-year-old Brad Friedel in the club’s biggest games – a decision that has angered France head coach Didier Deschamps who decided to stick with Lloris as his captain following his appointment after euro 2012.
Lloris has brushed off speculation that he is unhappy at playing second fiddle to Friedel in the past, but he suggested today that he is not content with the Tottenham manager’s rotation system.
“I’m training, I do the maximum, and the coach made his choice,” Lloris told L’Equipe after France’s 2-1 win over Italy.
“It is difficult to accept. It is a little hard. You will have to ask the coach. I just stay professional.”
The idea that Hugo Lloris is the victim of Tottenham’s rotation policy is somewhat misguided.
The idea of squad rotation would presumably lead to something like an equal sharing of a first team spot, surely if you as a player have made just one Premier League start out of 11 games then you have simply been overlooked and not rotated, right?
The 25 year old French international has ever reason to wonder why the hell he made the move to North London and is joined in a similar state of confusion by Emmanuel Adebayor, who has also made just one top tier start this season.
Makes you wonder if deals to sign the pair pre-dated Andre Villas-Boas’s arrival at the club?
Perhaps even more odd is the fact that even a clean sheet kept by Lloris in his one and only Premier League appearance counts for nothing, especially as veteran Brad Friedel hasn’t achieved a clean sheet in his ten top tier starts this term.
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