Alan Hutton has slammed Serge Aurier for his sending off against Southampton at the weekend as he feels the Tottenham Hotspur right-back could turn himself into a liability.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs defender revealed he felt the Ivorian had made “silly decisions” and stated that, although he thought the second yellow card was, perhaps, harsh, the experienced international should know better and that he “can’t do that”.
“I think so,” Hutton initially said, when questioned on whether he felt Aurier could become a liability to Mauricio Pochettino and his squad.
“That could have turned the game easily with Tottenham on a bad run of form. I mean it’s just silly decisions, you can’t do that as a professional footballer, you can’t be acting like that.
“Four minutes between two yellows, it’s just silly, to be honest, I thought the second one was harsh, the ball looked like it could have gone out of play just before.
“Bertrand got the wrong side of him and he’s kind of had a little bit of a pull at him…but as an experienced player, you can’t do that.”
Indeed, Hutton is right as it is a dangerous game when giving the referee something to think about when a challenge is made whilst on a yellow card.
Aurier, arguably, did not need to take the decision to grab Ryan Bertrand’s shirt as the defence may have been able to deal with a likely ball into the box (YouTube).
Now facing a one-game suspension, the Ivorian could have made it difficult to get back into the first-team picture, despite seemingly making himself a contender for the starting role in recent weeks.
The 26-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m, was starting his third successive Premier League fixture against Southampton after being left out of the squad for two of the previous four matches in the top-flight (Transfermarkt).
However, with Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters set to make imminent returns (their names were not listed in the latest injury update) – even if he does not think of them as competition for his place in the team – he may now have to work hard in training once again and show that he has learnt from the ‘silly decisions’ that he made.
Indeed, Aurier would have been hoping to have improved on last season’s figures of just 17 matches across all competitions (Transfermarkt), but that might be doubtful now after his latest antics.
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