Speaking recently to Football Insider, former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson criticised Serge Aurier’s actions in the club’s recent defeat against Leicester City.
So far this season, Aurier has been one of Tottenham’s better performers in the Premier League, averaging a highly impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.14 over his eight league appearances – ranking him as Jose Mourinho’s third-best player in the top flight.
However, in the club’s recent 2-0 defeat to Leicester, a result which saw the club fall out of the top four, Aurier was at fault for the Foxes’ first goal, as, in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time, the 27-year-old needlessly shoved Wesley Fofana in the back, something which referee Craig Pawson, after being informed to review the incident on the pitchside monitor by the VAR official, deemed worthy of a penalty – that Jamie Vardy duly converted.
And, speaking recently to Football Insider, Robinson slammed the ‘rash’ challenge by the defender, albeit while suggesting that errors such as these have been uncharacteristic of the £18 million-rated man this season.
He said: “It was not a good performance. He has been playing so well and has turned Mourinho’s opinion around but that was not one of his better games in a Spurs shirt.
“Things happen on football pitches sometimes that you cannot explain and sometimes the player himself cannot explain what he has done. It was a crazy, rash challenge on the corner of the box. He was nowhere near the goal, there was no goal threat. It was just a complete rush of blood.
“It was out of character for the way he has been playing this season but not out of character for the way he was playing last season.”
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Considering the fact that Aurier’s challenge on Fofana occurred seconds before the end of the first half, it is not hard to argue that the foul changed the course of the game in Leicester’s favour, and, subsequently, is something that has contributed to Spurs being outside of the top four at Christmas.
Because of this, we might expect to see Matt Doherty come in, in place of the 27-year-old over the coming weeks for Spurs.
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