It's not often that Spurs bring players in on loan, but the injury to starting keeper Hugo Lloris has apparently forced their hand. Today, Tottenham announced that Pau López has joined the club on a season-long loan from La Liga club Espanyol.
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The 20-year-old Spanish goalie joins for a reported loan fee of €600,000. López has been at Espanyol since he joined their youth setup at age 12, making 38 appearances for the senior team in his time there. He has also represented Catalonia and the Spanish U-21s nationally.
There's no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino was behind this loan, as he's still well connected at Espanyol from his time there as a manager and a player.
This move is clearly a response to the injury that Hugo Lloris suffered at Everton on the opening day of the season. Hugo has since missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, with Michel Vorm replacing him in net.
Vorm has played very well since Lloris went down injured, particularly last weekend against Liverpool. He earned a 5/5 in our player ratings for what was certainly a MOTM performance. His kick-save against Coutinho will not soon be forgotten.
At first this may appear to be harsh on Vorm, but it's easy to see the reasoning behind Spurs bringing in López. With Lloris out Luke McGee would now usually be the backup keeper, but McGee has now been loaned to Peterborough. Spurs are playing in four competitions this season, so there should be time for both Vorm and López in times when Hugo is unavailable.
Lloris has also suffered a few injuries over the years. His sweeper-keeper style puts him in harms-way more often than your average goalkeeper.
This is a smart move that will provide insurance. Insurance that we don't have to throw Harry Kane in goal again, no matter how enjoyable/hilarious that was.
A few concerns have been raised over an incident involving López during Espanyol's 4-0 loss to Barcelona in January. López appeared to stomp on Lionel Messi when the two became entangled in front of Pau's goal. Our new keeper escaped punishment on that day from the referee, but later made a costly mistake to allow Barca to score their fourth goal.
But everyone makes mistakes. López has, Vorm has, even Hugo has. Playing Barcelona is always tough, and López will certainly find things easier with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in front of him.
Welcome to the club Pau! It's always nice to add more youth to keep our #YoungSquad reputation alive.