Will Hugo Lloris, one of the best goalkeepers in the world become the centre of the debate over the impact of concussions in European football? The French captain and first team goalkeeper for Premier League team Tottenham recently had a collision in a game in which his head hit the knee of his Everton opponent Romelu Lukaku. After a few groggy moments he continued to play in net. His former manager praised him as did many Spurs followers but FIFA lambasted the coach for not removing him because it was later noted that he had suffered a concussion but was not wanting to leave the game.
In a game a couple weeks later against Manchester City goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made 2 mistakes that were completely uncharacteristic of him and they led to goals against his team. One of the mistakes led to a goal within seconds of the start of the game. If the average goalkeeper made these mistakes an observer would be surprised but when one of the best goalkeepers in the world makes these type of mistakes it really raised eyebrows.
The question among many football observers is whether Hugo Lloris had fully recovered from the collision and what is the responsibility of a manager to protect a player from himself?
Very few footballers are going to pull themselves out of a game unless they cannot basically stand upright. To expect a goalkeeper such as Hugo Lloris who is renowned for his courage and toughness to make the correct decision about his health and allow a substitute to take his place is unrealistic. Moreover, in the competitive world of football a player will always want to continue playing in order to protect his position on the field. If there are changes made to the way concussions are dealt with in the future in Premier League football it is likely that Hugo Lloris’ performance following the collision he had with the Everton player will be one of the main reasons.