Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Serge Aurier remains the weak link in Spurs’ backline, despite improved performances under Jose Mourinho.
The Ivorian has started every game since the Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout (Transfermarkt) and has certainly impressed in an attacking sense.
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Indeed, he provided an assist in their game against West Ham, whilst also scoring and claiming an assist against Olympiacos in the Champions League (Transfermarkt).
However, despite producing some strong attacking returns, Robinson is still not convinced about the former PSG man’s defensive capabilities.
When discussing Aurier and his recent performances, the ex-England goalkeeper told Football Insider: “The problem Aurier has got is that when Mourinho plays three in midfield, they’re quite narrow.
“Sissoko gave him a little more protection at the weekend, but not a lot, but your full-backs have to be able to defend and that’s the first rule of being a defender and his defensive qualities are not good enough.
“He gets caught out far too often, he tries to read the game, he tries to steal the ball and then he drops off.
“He doesn’t know how to best deal with the players he comes up against, I think that came to light more so against Bayern Munich.
“I think Aurier defensively struggles and teams are exploiting that as they see Tottenham’s right-hand side as a weakness and targeting it.”
It is hard to disagree with Robinson on this one. Whilst Aurier has looked strong in an attacking sense of late, he still looks vulnerable defensively.
Indeed, he has been part of a backline which has already conceded six goals in three games under Mourinho (Transfermarkt).
Mourinho has admitted recently that he is utilising Aurier as an offensive threat (Football London), but when he comes up against the better teams who will push him back, his below par defensive game is likely to be exposed once more.
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