As far as international achievements go, Hugo Lloris is never going to top the success of leading France to their second ever World Cup last summer and although he is still considered in the top bracket of shot stoppers, you do have to wonder if he’ll ever reach the heights of the club environment.
That’s because for all of the swashbuckling football that his current club Tottenham play and have played over the past three or four seasons, it has repeatedly been a case of always the bridesmaid rather than the bride.
Tottenham have reached a litany of cup semi-finals and have been in touching distance of winning the Premier League, but try as they might that first trophy in over a decade is one that still goes on to allude them.
The North London outfit have not won any major silverware since 2008 – when they won the English League Cup against crosstown rivals Chelsea and although there has been a period of transformation in those past 11 years, it is an undoubtedly a trophy drought that has gone on for far too long.
One that unless they win this season’s edition of the Champions League – a feat that although not impossible seems unlikely what with the pairing they’ve been handing in the last eight, would mean another trophyless campaign.
If that does prove to be the case as expected, then just how much of the blame will lie at the shoulders of Tottenham’s hierarchy, especially when you consider that they have not bought in any new faces in either the two most recent transfer windows.
While this is a point that club captain Lloris also recently reinforced and although Tottenham could still go on to have relative success if a top four finish is clinched, you do get the feeling that they are going to have to spend in a bid to truly break the glass ceiling which sits above them.
Perhaps it could even be a new goalkeeper that Tottenham decide to focus some of their expenditure on and especially when you consider that Lloris has been responsible for a number of errors this season, none more so than at Anfield in March.
His failure to deal with a rather tame Mohamed Salah header meant that the ball eventually trickled over the line via teammate Toby Alderweirled and in turn meant that a well-earned draw on Merseyside had literally slipped through Lloris’ and Spurs fingers.
At the same time, one should not be too quick to forget that the 32-year-old has also made two incredible penalty saves against Leicester and Arsenal respectively and it is these that arguably outweigh any calamitous errors that have been on display as of late.
There is a case that if Tottenham sold Lloris on in the summer, the team would not miss too much of a step but you could also point to the fact that he still has a good 4-5 years of top level still to offer and to discard of a World Cup winner this early, may well be a move that his current employers go on to regret.