Is Nick Pope or Dean Henderson good enough to replace Hugo Lloris?

Nick Pope boasts the best Premier League save percentage while Man United’s back-up Dean Henderson has kept out three-quarters of the shots he’s faced… is either England keeper good enough to replace Hugo Lloris when the Frenchman leaves Spurs?

  • Tottenham appear to be laying the foundations for Hugo Lloris’ departure 
  • Spurs are linked to Burnley’s Nick Pope and Man United’s Dean Henderson
  • Lloris has been a superb goalkeeper for Tottenham over the last nine years
  • Sportsmail compares all three shot-stoppers performances in Premier League

Tottenham appear to be laying the foundations for Hugo Lloris’ departure. 

The Spurs No 1, who made the move from Lyon to the Premier League for £8million in the summer of 2012, will have just one year left on his contract at the north London club at the end of this season.

The World Cup winner has received criticism this campaign although manager Jose Mourinho has firmly backed his Tottenham skipper.

Tottenham appear to be laying the foundations for their No 1 goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, to leave

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Spurs are lining up Burnley No 1 Nick Pope as his successor

The World Cup winner will enter the final year of his contract  in north London in the summer

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand slammed Lloris’ ’embarrassing’ and ‘weak’ attempt to save Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser. The goal triggered Tottenham’s first-half implosion against Everton in their FA Cup fifth-round defeat earlier this month.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Spurs are lining up Burnley No 1 Nick Pope as Lloris’ replacement this summer should the Frenchman leave.

Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain could be a possible destination with the attraction of a return to his homeland as well as a reunion with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Pope, 28, is valued at around £30m and is Spurs’ first choice to be Lloris’ successor.

The Burnley shot-stopper, who has been at Turf Moor since 2016 following a switch from Charlton, boasts the best save percentage in the Premier League at 78.5 per cent out of all the 20 clubs’ No 1s.

In 24 matches the England international has conceded 25 goals and kept nine clean sheets while Tottenham’s No 1 has let in 27 goals, has had seven shutouts and a save percentage of 73 so far this season.

Manchester United’s reserve goalkeeper Dean Henderson is another possible option for Spurs

Lloris has been superb in between the sticks for Tottenham over the last nine years. Like all players he’s had blips but ultimately he’s been an integral figure for Spurs. 

Other than his debut season in England his save percentage has never dropped below 65 per cent and last season he had his best ever in the top flight at 79 per cent.   

In a huge 284 matches for Tottenham he has saved 74.2 per cent of the shots he’s faced. It is inevitable that, at 34, Lloris will depart Spurs sooner rather than later but whoever comes in will have big gloves to fill.

Pope has been outstanding for the Clarets and is one of the most consistent goalkeepers around. In his first season in the Premier League he had a save percentage of 76.5 and now leads the way after achieving 70.2 per cent in his second season.

This is how the three shot-stoppers in the Premier League compare, courtesy of SofaScore

Released by Ipswich at 16 Pope had to be patient for his opportunity at the highest level. He’s played 187 Premier League games fewer than Lloris and has a marginally better save percentage at 74.7.

His impressive performances have earned him four England caps and he is challenging Everton’s Jordan Pickford to be Gareth Southgate’s No 1 for the delayed European Championship this summer.

Another goalkeeper who hopes to be firmly in the Three Lions frame is Manchester United No 2 Dean Henderson. The 23-year-old is another on Spurs’ wish-list should Lloris leave.

It’s no secret that Henderson wants first-team football as he’s currently forced to provide cover for David de Gea under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Jose Mourinho will get a closer look at Pope when Spurs host Burnley on Sunday afternoon

Mourinho oversaw his progression and development when he was at the helm at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018.

Henderson spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and was one of their standout performers as they enjoyed a sensational return to England’s top table.

He conceded 33 goals in 36 matches and kept 13 clean sheets while keeping out 74.2 per cent of the shots he came up against in the 2019-20 season.

Henderson has only played three top-flight games this season and boasts an impressive save percentage of 78.6. In total the young shot-stopper has played just 39 matches in the Premier League but he’s saved three-quarters of the shots he’s faced. 

Both Pope and Henderson are ideal candidates to take on the mantle of Spurs’ first-choice goalkeeper. They’ve seized the chances given to them in the past and deliver when called upon.

The Burnley man has experience on his side, and Mourinho will get a closer look at him this weekend when Spurs welcome Sean Dyche’s side, while United’s back-up could offer a long-term option. 

Spurs’ small outlay on Lloris all those years ago proved to be an excellent piece of business. If they’re able to pull of a deal for either Englishman the foundation of Tottenham’s team will be strong.




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