Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has praised Hugo Lloris' attitude, despite the keeper finding himself on the substitutes’ bench regularly this season.
The France captain made his high-profile move to White Hart Lane in the summer, but was only handed his first Premier League start in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, after impressive form from Brad Friedel kept him on the bench. Caulker, 20, has hailed Lloris' attitude, explaining how he has remained "humble" and tried to gel with his new colleagues since his arrival.
"He’s been very humble, he’s been a good character amongst the boys," Caulker told reporters. "He’s had to be patient as well with Brad playing fantastically well, so the gaffer gave him the nod for his first Premier League start and he did really well.
"Hugo’s learning English, and he’s coming along really well. He made a fantastic save [from Gabriel Agbonlahor] when they had a one-on-one, and he’s really proving his worth. My French isn’t great, but the communication was fine. He understands the English that he needs to know and he was very vocal."
The young defender has found himself an unlikely regular among Andre Villas-Boas’ starting XI in recent weeks, and he insists that his confidence is growing as the players head into the international break.
"The main thing now is that I’m going into the international break having played in the team," Caulker said. "I’ve played in a few games now and my confidence is up. I have a couple of big games for the Under-21s but I’m confident that we can get two wins there.
"We’ve had a few injuries [at Tottenham] and that has given me the opportunity. When I came back [from Swansea] the manager said I was in his plans, so I have to trust that and be patient, and so far it has worked well.
"It’s a fantastic squad. The manager has come in, he’s brought a few youngsters in, myself included, and he has pushed a few of us forward. It’s a good mood amongst the camp and I hope that continues. You want to know that if you are playing well and you’re training well you will be in the team. It’s not nice when there are favorites. I think AVB has brought that into the team and I’m happy."