Alan Hutton has claimed that Serge Aurier could become Tottenham Hotspur’s starting right-back, as reported by Football Insider.
The former Spurs defender has stated that he feels Aurier’s lack of consistency is the only thing that stands in the way of him getting a regular spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line up.
The Ivory Coast international has made two appearances for Spurs this season, against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, with varying levels of success.
The first produced a 4-0 win, in which the 26-year-old got one assist, as well as playing the ball that led to Patrick van Aanholt’s own goal, as per WhoScored, with many Spurs fans calling for him to be named Man of the Match.
If his first game back gave him jubilation, the Leicester match will have offered frustration in equal measure, as he had a goal disallowed after a teammate had been adjudged to be marginally offside, as shown in a highlights video on the BT Sport YouTube channel, as Spurs went on to lose the game.
Aurier played 17 games in all competitions last season, scoring two goals and assisting three, as per Transfermarkt.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said: “I think when I first saw him, to be honest, I was expecting big things as he was coming from PSG and he looked strong, fast so I was expecting a lot.
“I don’t know if it was adjusting to the league, he looked a little bit rash to me, as his performances were a bit up and down, but I think at right-back, with Trippier gone, it’s a space that is up for grabs between three people I would say.
“I think for him, it’s trying to get consistency, if he can keep his levels up, he’ll play every week.”
Aurier has already shown that he can impact a game and provide quality in the final third, which he highlighted in both games this season even if the second was disallowed through no fault of his own.
He has also averaged 1.5 tackles, 3.5 interceptions and 1 clearance per game, which indicates he can also be effective defensively.
It will be interesting to see if he is able to maintain his place when Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth are both fully fit, but if given the opportunity, Aurier could certainly become a regular starter for Spurs.
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