Tottenham eyeing left-field replacement for stalwart with belief fading and end in sight

Seny Dieng, Queens Park Rangers, September 2022 Credit: Alamy
Seny Dieng, Queens Park Rangers, September 2022 Credit: Alamy

Tottenham are one of three Premier League sides reportedly eyeing Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng for a summer move.

Hugo Lloris has racked up 441 appearances during his time as a Tottenham player. The Frenchman has been one of the most consistent performers at the club during his time there.

However, his performances are beginning to trend in the wrong direction.

This season has seen the goalkeeper make a lot more mistakes than he would have liked. That has been to the detriment of the team, putting his place in jeopardy.

Graeme Souness is one of the people who has voiced his concern for the Tottenham keeper the loudest.

Indeed, the pundit added to the chorus of people campaigning for him to be axed, admitting he feels Lloris is “past his sell-by date”.

If the Frenchman does not cut out his mistakes, that could be an opinion which is shared by Antonio Conte.

It would not be a massive surprise if the Italian is already leaning that way in his estimations of Lloris, as his mistakes have cost the side on a few occasions.

Championship goalkeeper Dieng on Spurs’ minds

The Frenchman has not been dropped yet, so the alarm bells should not be ringing too loud. However, a number of goalkeepers have been linked with a move to Spurs, potentially to replace him.

Premier League keepers David Raya and Jordan Pickford are both names on that list. One more left-field choice has also come onto their radar.

Indeed, the latest goalkeeper Spurs have set their sights on is QPR man Dieng, as reported by a Guardian journalist.

He states that Tottenham are one of three sides, along with Brentford and Brighton, who have their eye on him.

It is also reported that those clubs are on the hunt ahead of a ‘potential summer move’.

Dieng pursuit could spell end for Lloris

It is not certain that, if Spurs were to sign Dieng, Lloris would be pushed out. Indeed, the QPR man has never played in the Premier League, so they might not want him as the no.1.

However, he has kept a clean sheet in a quarter of his games this season, in a side that, before a drop-off, were challenging right up at the top end of the Championship table.

What’s more, he played two games for Senegal in their triumphant African Cup of Nations campaign in 2022, so he can clearly step up and perform on a big stage.

While Lloris has until June 2024 on his contract, he could survive until then if he manages to put an end to his blunders. If Dieng is signed in the summer, that could give him a season to get up to speed, and take the no.1 spot the following year.

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