Tottenham clearly missed the ‘sweeper-keeper’ virtues of Ligue 1 convert Hugo Lloris in their recent Premier League loss to Newcastle and will be glad of his return for their visit to Manchester City, in which they can be backed to win to nil at 27/4.
It seems that the emergence of the Lilywhites’ former Lyon gloveman was no accident either, with the French top flight looking something of a hotbed for goalkeepers at present.
Below we discuss three of its finest practitioners.
Salvatore Sirigu of Paris St-Germain kept a continent-leading 23 league clean sheets in 2012/13.
Still only 26, he also saved a European best 85.4 per cent of the shots at his goal, outshining second-top performer David de Gea by 10 per cent.
The Italian allowed just 0.48 goals a match as PSG won the championnat last season and is allowing an only slightly less miserly 0.62 per outing in 2013/14.
Reims’ Kossi Agassa has made 42 successful claims and 20 punches in 13 games this term.
The Togolese shot-stopper posted a total of 13 clean sheets for Reims last term that’s all the more impressive considering they finished 14th.
At 35 years old he won’t form a Peter Schmeichel-esque foundation for a decade-long era of glory but his utter dominance of a penalty area could well make him a superb short-to-medium-term signing for any Premier League side in need of a goalkeeper.
Vincent Enyeama has kept 11 clean sheets for Lille in 13 league 2013/14 league games.
No goalkeeper in Europe boasts more league clean sheets than Les Dogues custodian Enyeama this term and his 38 saves have played a vital part in their rise to second in Ligue 1.