Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has slammed right-back Serge Aurier following his most recent performance against Chelsea.
The Ivorian played the full 90 minutes against the Blues, but he could do nothing to stop a 2-0 defeat at the hands of their London rivals.
After watching him struggle against Chelsea, Bent doesn’t believe that the former Paris Saint Germain man is a trustworthy defender and insisted that whilst he had shown improvements under Jose Mourinho prior to Sunday, he still has mistakes in him.
When discussing Aurier’s recent performances, Bent told Football Insider: “I know he’s played well since Mourinho came in but we know he’s got these kind of performances in him.
“I think at times he flatters to deceive. He’s got all the attributes of being a good defender but his positional play, his game management, his decision making – for me you just can’t trust him on a full-time basis.
“I think that’s what’s killing them at the minute.”
Bent is right when he says you can’t trust Aurier, particularly when it comes to his defensive responsibilities.
This was highlighted in the game against Chelsea. Indeed, he lost possession a whopping 26 times against the Blues, whilst his passing accuracy was way down at 62% (SofaScore).
Added to that, he was also at fault for the first goal they conceded on Sunday, turning his back as their opponents took a short corner which ultimately led to Willian firing past Paulo Gazzaniga (Sky Sports).
Whilst there have been some improvements to his game under Mourinho, they have been in an attacking sense with a goal and two assists in his last seven appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
He is still something of a liability defensively and it is something that Mourinho must look to address sooner rather than later.
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