Lloris determined to prove worth at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wants to earn his place in the first team and is unconcerned with the controversy surrounding his omission from the squad.

Football News: Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Lloris was impressive in his Premier League debut on Sunday in Spurs 2-0 win over Aston Villa, with the French custodian making several crucial stops to deny the Villians from scoring.

Having made the move to North London from French outfit in the summer, the 25-year-old found himself on the fringes of the first team after failing to convince Spurs manager Andres Villas-Boas to install him as the new number one at the club.

The £12million signing hopes to displace current first choice goalkeeper Brad Friedel but believes that he needs an extended run of games in order to really develop at the club.

"Over the past month, I've played only three games. It takes a little more concentration, especially working at training," Lloris was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"I try to compensate, but the truth is the game of the weekend is what matters. I was used to playing in games every three days with Lyon.

"And to progress, to be effective, it's better to play every week with the team."

French national coach Didier Deschamps had publicly come out to criticise Villas-Boas for omitting Lloris from the first team but despite the hullabaloo surrounding the issue, Lloris insists that he is not bothered and is just concentrating on working hard to win his place in the team.

"I am not worried by the situation," Lloris added.

"From the moment I signed for Tottenham I have invested 200 per cent. 

"I show it every day in training with a lot of enthusiasm because all this is new to me and especially because it is the Premier League, the best league in Europe.

"It's has not been complicated for me. I have always been ready to play.

"The coach has made his choice. I must just stay focused as I have done before with Nice, Lyon and the France team.

"I am getting my bearings and I hope to play more and more to be at my best."

And Lloris, who only joined the club on transfer deadline day, admitted he needed more time to get used to the environment and players at the club.

"When you sign for a club at the last minute, it's never easy. The negotiations were protracted.

"Normally, you get the chance to know your team-mates before the season starts, but I started straight away in competitive matches. 

"I still need a few games to find the rhythm."

Spurs next Premier League game is against current leaders Chelsea and Villas-Boas is expected to reinstall Friedel in between the sticks and Lloris set to take his place on the bench.



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