Ray Clemence has heaped praise on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as the Frenchman enters his second season as a Barclays Premier League regular.
It was last November when Hugo took over regular duties between the sticks for us in the top flight, having previously made a couple of Premier League appearances interspersed with a frequent early role as our Europa League custodian following his switch from Lyon in August, 2012.
And legendary goalkeeper Ray, who made 330 appearances for us after joining from Liverpool in 1981, has saluted the way the French national team’s captain has acclimatized in this country.
“I’m very impressed with Lloris,” said Ray, himself a former England international who helped us win the FA Cup in 1982 and UEFA Cup in 1984.
“When he came here from France I wondered if he might have the same problem as one or two foreign goalkeepers have had when they first arrived, in terms of they’re not used to the intensity and the physicality and the passion of the Premier League.
“But to be fair to him he’s come here and he’s adapted straight away.
“You can see he’s given the back four confidence in front of him and he’s made some match-deciding saves as well.
“That’s what you’re there for at a club like this.”