Hugo Lloris is widely considered, alongside David de Gea and Petr Cech, as one of Premier League’s best goalkeepers. This after the Frenchman’s form has been crucial to Tottenham Hotspur’s improvement over the last two seasons.
However, on Saturday, Lloris had a shocker, gifting Manchester City two goals through some calamitous goalkeeping.
Spurs showed tremendous spirit after Lloris’ errors to fight back from 2-0 down and claim a draw, but that must have only left them wondering what could have been had their goalkeeper been at his best.
While Lloris has cut out the mistakes in the last two seasons, these stats show that the Frenchman has been among the Premier League’s most error-prone keepers during his time in England, belying his lofty reputation.
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Simon Mignolet has regained his starting spot at Liverpool in recent weeks, which means that two of Chelsea’s title challengers have the two keepers with the most errors to lead directly to a goal.
How crucial will Lloris’ errors against Manchester City be come the end of the season?
For most of the Premier League campaign, Chelsea has sat comfortably top and they don’t look like they’ll relinquish their hold any time soon.
Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system has been revolutionary, allowing Eden Hazard a free role further up the pitch.
Not content with their superb first-half of the season, Chelsea are reportedly aiming for reinforcements this month, with recent reports mentioning a certain duo from Monaco; Djibril Sidibe and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
At the end of December, The Guardian reported that Conte and the club’s technical director, Michael Emenalo, visited France earlier in the month to watch Bakayoko and Sidibe in the Champions League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.
Here, we look at what those two players would bring to the Chelsea squad.
Although predominantly a right-back, Sidibe is incredibly versatile and can play on either of the defence as well as in midfield if needed.
He isn’t the type of full-back that always crosses from the wide areas, but prefers to cut into the middle and measure up a pass in the final third of the pitch.
Sidibe has a 66% tackle completion rate, which looks to be improving week in and out since his days as a Lille player. The fact that Monaco are normally in control of most Ligue 1 fixtures, means the 24-year-old spends a lot of time playing as a wingback, pushing further up the field.
Possessing the ability to play with both feet, Sidibe has a solid shot on him and it isn’t shy to let one fly from distance.
Completing 47 successful tackles so far this season, Sidibe has completed more tackles than any of Chelsea’s current full-backs, Marcos Alonso the closest to the Frenchman with 31.
Sidibe has also produced more key passes (16), completed more assists (2) and more accurate passes (655) than Chelsea’s Victor Moses this campaign.
Having only joined Monaco this summer, the Ligue 1 side will not not let go of Sidibe without a fight and will be aiming for at least double the €15million fee that they had paid for him.
After the departure of John Obi Mikel and Oscar this month, Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their midfield, with the club linked with Bakayoko during the January transfer window.
N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic are currently the regular starters at the heart of midfield for Chelsea, and Bakayoko would be seen as a perfect understudy and eventual replacement for the Serbian.
Conte is getting the best out of Matic once more after the 28-year-old suffered an awful 2015-16 season, but Bakayoko as a long-term option for Conte to invest in.
The Frenchman has helped transformed Monaco into title contenders, providing balance with an energy that underpins his incredible work-rate. He isn’t your typical destroyer in front of the defence, but also contributes the start of quick counters and can unlock defences with his range of passing.
Managing 17 appearances in the league, just three less than Matic, Bakayoko’s comparison with the Chelsea man doesn’t come as a surprise at all. He has completed 40 interceptions and 47 tackles, while Matic has managed 33 interceptions and 39 tackles.
However, Matic has helped more on the attacking side of the game, producing 17 key passes and six league assists. Bakayoko has only managed six key passes and has contributed directly to three of Monaco’s goals so far this season.
The Frenchman will not come cheap with reports suggesting that an offer around €40million will be needed to convince his club to sell.
When Memphis Depay made his move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in the summer of 2015, fans had high expectations for the Dutch youngster. With a track record as a winger who was also a prolific goalscorer, and a free-kick specialist, instant comparisons were drawn with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Depay was duly handed Ronaldo’s old number, the famous Manchester United No. 7 shirt. But while there were early signs of promise, beginning with a strong performance against Club Brugge in a Champions League qualifier, Depay seemed to be weighed down by expectations.
The Dutchman often struggled to impose himself on games, and seemed to get easily frustrated when things weren’t going his way. Even the famous free-kicks never materialized, as Depay never came close to displaying the set-piece prowess that he had shown in the Netherlands.
There were some highs, most notably a stellar performance against Midtjylland in the Europa League at Old Trafford where he ran the show, although he was upstaged by Marcus Rashford’s fairytale debut. But by and large, Depay’s Manchester United career will go down as a case of disappointingly unfulfilled potential.
Yet, even after his move to Lyon was confirmed on Friday, there were clear indications that he is thought of highly at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho praised the winger for his professionalism, and said the decision to sell the player was down to there being too many players vying for spots on the wing.
The United manager also suggested that if Depay succeeds in France, he could return to Old Trafford – the two clubs have reportedly agreed a buy-back clause.
If Depay does get a second chance at Manchester United, he will certainly have a point to prove.
He’d hope to follow in the footsteps of a few other stars who managed to revive their careers in France…
FIVE FRENCH REVIVALS
Hatem Ben Arfa
Ben Arfa was always considered an explosive talent, but when he announced himself to the Premier League with a stunning spell at Newcastle United, he’d already had a disappointing end to life in France.
After his career in England went in the same direction, he returned home and promptly tore up the league with Nice, earning a big-money move to champions PSG.
Balotelli looked like the next big thing during his early days at Manchester City, but a bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini and a drop in form derailed his career.
He went to Liverpool to try to revive his fortunes, but his time in Merseyside was even more disappointing, and he was sold to Nice last summer. Balotelli has played like a man possessed since his move to lead the Nice to a surprising spot at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Like Ben Arfa, Falcao moved to England after excelling in France. However, his Premier League career never took off during spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.
But having returned to Monaco, Falcao has rediscovered his form, and he is now Ligue 1’s third-highest scorer this season.
Barton’s loan move from QPR to Marseille in 2012 came as a surprise to many. The Englishman had a checkered history prior to the move, and QPR’s decision to offload him was seen as confirmation that Barton was too undisciplined to handle.
However, he was a solid performer for Marseille, although even in France he was never far from controversy. His loan spell was enough to convince QPR to keep him the following season, and he duly helped Rangers get promoted to the Premier League in 2013.
Diarra’s early career included stops at Chelsea and Arsenal, and he did enough in the Premier League to earn a move to Real Madrid. However, he fell down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended up moving to Russia.
After two seasons in the footballing wilderness, Diarra signed for Marseille in 2015, and immediately rediscovered his form, being named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season last year.