Tottenham move for 6 ft 4 star makes all the sense in the world – opinion


Tottenham Hotspur are scouting Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, according to Calciomercato.

The stopper has been with the Italian club since 2012, having joined the club as a teenager.

What’s the word?

Spurs, it appears, are looking for alternatives to Hugo Lloris.

The aforementioned report claims that scouts have watched Strakosha, who has become the Serie A club’s first-choice in recent years.

The 23-year-old has made 110 appearances for the club’s first-team since making his breakthrough and has also won eight caps for Albania.

An athletic, dynamic goalkeeper, Calciomercato claim that Liverpool have also scouted Strakosha in the past, prior to signing Alisson from AS Roma.

Spurs are now credited with an interest as Lazio look to tie the stopper down to a new deal; his current contract does not expire until 2022, but the club are keen for him to commit for an even greater period of time.

Succession planning

Lloris will turn 33 on Boxing Day of this year and, though that remains relatively young for a goalkeeper, it makes complete sense for Spurs to begin planning for his successor.

Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga are his current back-ups but it does not appear that either will be given the opportunity to become first-choice – the former, after all, is 35 and out of contract in a few months.

Strakosha represents an intriguing option who has international experience and the youth required to grow under Pochettino’s management.

He is untested in the Premier League but it would be logical for Spurs to sign him and have him first feature as Lloris’ deputy.

Then, when the World Cup winner calls time, he could be perfectly positioned to smoothly transition into the No.1 role.