Goalkeeper Diogo Costa (23, Porto) was chosen as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris (35, Tottenham).
Lloris has been a regular goalkeeper for Tottenham since the 2012-13 season. However, as he reaches his mid-thirties, his sense of security is gradually declining. Lloris has many memories of providing an excuse for conceding goals with fatal mistakes such as against Newcastle and Arsenal this season. Naturally, Tottenham fans’ dissatisfaction with Lloris is also growing.
Tottenham are looking for a new goalkeeper. Links have been made with Pickford, the England national team’s main goalkeeper and goalkeeper of Everton, and David Raya of Brentford. In the winter transfer market, the goalkeeper was not strengthened, but next summer, he plans to proceed with the recruitment.
Costa, who is a Portuguese national representative and plays for Porto, was also nominated. The British ‘Football Insider’ said on the 9th (Korean time), “Tottenham recently sent a scout to watch Costa. “We have to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea to sign him.”
Costa is a goalkeeper who has excellent reflexes and makes saves based on quick reflexes. He can build up with long kicks or short passes, and has the ability to clear the goal and handle the ball depending on the situation. However, he shows weakness in the air ball with his 188cm height, which is not tall for a goalkeeper.
Costa developed through Porto’s youth and made his first-team debut in the 2019–20 season. He has increased his playing time since then and has been a starting pitcher since last season. Costa was selected for the Portuguese national team and kept the goal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Costa played in all 5 matches for Portugal and conceded 2 goals against Korea. 안전놀이터
Alan Hutton of ‘Football Insider’ said, “You need to bring in a goalkeeper who can lead the team for the long term. Experience is important, but you need someone who will keep the team’s goal for a long time. A solid foundation is needed. Tottenham will also be preparing for a scout in this respect,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lloris suffered a knee ligament injury during the match against Manchester City and is expected to take eight weeks to recover from.