Keeper Pau Lopez's stunning save for Spurs' U23s shows why he's likely to pen permanent deal
Pau Lopez does indeed exist and he's rather good
Signed on loan from Espanyol in the summer, the Spurs fans are yet to see Pau Lopez take part in a single minute of first team action.
Some fans have mocked it as pointless signing, but Mauricio Pochettino has always claimed the 22-year-old is one for the future, indicating perhaps that the club will likely make his deal a permanent one in the summer.
If anyone needed a reminder of the quality that made this young stopper an Espanyol first team regular despite his age - he was also named in the preliminary Spain squad for Euro 2016 - it came at the Lamex Stadium.
A loose ball deflected into the path of Sunderland's Joel Asoro in Spurs' penalty area and he smashed a powerful strike from eight yards, which deflected off Japhet Tanganga and looked a certain goal.
Yet there was Lopez diving full length and showing amazing reflexes to tip it away a split-second before it crept inside the left post.
His handling was good throughout the game and with rumours that Michel Vorm could move on this summer, he certainly seems to have the ability to step up a place in the pecking order behind Hugo Lloris.
Meningsløst lån på mange vis. Spesielt for spilleren. Hvis han er et stort talent må han få spilletid og det får han ikke hos oss. Sikkert like greit han returnerer til moderklubben. Så får vi heller kjøpe ham den dagen Lloris stikker dersom han tar mange steg etter å ha fått spilletid.
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