Cartilage Free Captain is once again reviewing each of Spurs' first team players and evaluating their 2015-16 season. The series continues today with starting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Goals Conceded: 45
What Went Right?
For starters he let in ten less goals than last year in all competitions. While the defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen was a large part of our league best defense this year, without an elite goalkeeper like Hugo we would not have faired as well.
It wasn't our shutouts where the captain succeeded most this year but the games were he was able to help fight comebacks from the opposition. Notably in our game against Man City in February when we were still in the hunt for the title, Hugo kept us in the game after a defensive lapse tied things up. He also had this save that put him in harm's way but saved us the two points needed to stay in the race (beware video has terrible music).
What Went Wrong?
As our captain and goalkeeper in the last four matches of the season, some of the blame for our slide has to be put on Hugo. On the Dawson goal that tied the West Brom Match, Hugo could have gotten his hands on the corner. The rest of the team did play bad to allow said corner, but it does come down to that goal.
He actually didn't play terribly against Chelsea and Southampton. The goals in those games were made possible by the same defense that had propelled Tottenham all year. It was his game against Newcastle where he had his worst showing this season (like most other Tottenham players that day). Almost all the goals were savable for the frenchman but like the rest of the team, he clearly had never really woken up.
Our captain has been connected to moves every summer we've had him and this summer will probably be no different. He stated recently that he only stayed with Tottenham due to the positive influence of coach Pochettino. So as long as Poch is around there's no reason to think he'll be leaving anytime soon.
As for how he'll improve next year, he's not getting any younger. By the halfway point next season he'll be 30 years old. While for a goalkeeper 30 is still a fine age to be at, its still something to be mindful of. Also he'll be representing France at Euro 2016 this summer, where hopefully he won't get hurt (knock on wood).