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Tottenham Hotspur made a baffling decision in the most recent summer transfer window. After selling first-choice right-back Kieran Trippier, the club decided against buying a replacement, instead relying on the options they had.
Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters made up the options Mauricio Pochettino had at his disposal. Foyth endured a nightmare pre-season and was ruled out with a hamstring injury after the game against Bayern Munich, leaving Walker-Peters and Aurier as the options at right-back.
Aurier was trusted for the games against Southampton and Bayern Munich, and it is safe to say that he didn’t deliver as he did in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, where he assisted a goal (via TransferMarkt).
The Ivorian was one of a dozen players who were thought to be transfer-listed by Pochettino in the summer (via Evening Standard). However, the club did not get rid of him despite the Daily Mail also suggesting AC Milan were keen, a move that is looking like a mistake.
Despite beating the Saints, Aurier was sent off against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side after two yellow cards in the first 31 minutes, leaving the club under huge pressure for the remainder of the game. He was called out by former Spurs man Jermaine Jenas, who questioned the mindset of the Ivory Coast international (Match of the Day, via Football.London).
If that performance wasn’t bad enough, Aurier then went on to put in an even worse display against Bayern as the club were thumped 7-2 at home. Aurier lost possession of the ball the joint-third most times out of the Spurs squad, showing his unreliability on the ball (via WhoScored).
Football.London gave the player a two out of 10, commenting on his positioning in two of goals for the German champions. A heatmap on WhoScored showed just how high up the defender was, with most of his positioning past the half-way line in the attacking third.
Aurier is hugely unreliable as shown in two huge games this season. Why he wasn’t sold after being placed on the transfer list in the summer is baffling, and a decision the club will live to regret going forward.
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