Stats - How does Michel Vorm compare to Hugo Lloris?

Michel Vorm

Tottenham now have three top goalkeepers at the club after sealing a deal for Swansea stopper Michel Vorm.

It is going to be a, admittedly pleasant question Spurs fans will get used to asking themselves if ever one of their goalkeepers makes an error or has a bad game - who is better out of Michel Vorm and Hugo Lloris and which one should be playing for Tottenham?

The news that Tottenham have signed a second international goalkeeper has caused many fans and commentators to scratch their heads in confusion. Not regarding the club's intentions, clearly having two international goalkeepers makes the squad stronger, more, what do the two players make of the situation?

After signing a new extended contract just a couple of weeks ago, it is pretty clear that France captain Hugo Lloris is set to be the club's first choice next season.

The addition of Michel Vorm, who was part of the Netherlands team that finished in third place in Brazil, is clearly good from the club's point of view. Arguably, Spurs now have the best goalkeepers in the division, with Lloris, Vorm and even veteran Brad Friedel all full of quality.

Vorm wasn't dissuaded by the prospect of playing second fiddle at White Hart Lane, telling Dutch media: "Every club has two top goalkeepers in their squad."

"It suits the club's philosophy that there are two of us with Hugo and me. Especially when we see that Tottenham is active in a lot of competitions."

It is very possible that Vorm will be featuring in both domestic cups and the Europa League, with the Frenchman first choice in the league.

But with both players among the better Premier League goalkeepers, should it be in that order?

Below we look at their stats from last season, to see if there can be any claim by Vorm that he should be given a chance in the league:

  TeamPosGoals Conceded / appsClean SheetSaves / appsAccurate Keeper SweeperAppsMins
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 1.35 14 2.78 47 37 3,330
Michel Vorm Swansea GK 1.23 7 2.38 3 26 2,339

Lloris managed to keep more clean sheets than Vorm, with it unlikely the Dutchman would have kept the 7 clean sheets necessary to draw level with the former Lyon star from the 11 games less he played. Vorm did manage to concede fewer goals per appearance though. Though Vorm is a capable and quick keeper, he is still way behind Hugo Lloris when it comes to sweeping up behind the defence. The French captain also managed to make marginally more saves per game than his new goalkeeping rival.

  TeamPosAccurate Keeper Throws / appsCross Claim Percentage %Goal Kicking Accuracy %AppsMins
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 4.08 97.56 45.66 37 3,330
Michel Vorm Swansea GK 6 88.57 52.61 26 2,339

One area that Vorm does impress is his distribution, with better throwing and kicking than Lloris. It is worth considering here is that given Swansea's emphasis at playing short passing football, the Dutch international may have had more short passing goal kick's available than the Spurs keeper had last year. Lloris was excellent with his handling from crosses all season, in the top five of keepers that played 20 games or more. This is a weak part of Vorm's game according to Opta, unsurprising given his relatively short height for a goalkeeper of 6'.

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Clearly the stats show that both goalkeepers are strong, areas that Lloris trumps Vorm in are sweeping up from his line, and claiming crosses. The former Swansea keeper is particularly impressive with his distribution when compared to the Frenchman. 

Whoever Mauricio Pochettino selects between the sticks next season, it looks like Tottenham will have a safe pair of hands.

Is Vorm in with a shout at replacing Lloris as number one next season?

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