Despite ending Deadline Day strongly with the signing of Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, it seems Tottenham Hotspur could still at least one player from their squad.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, the right-back is trying to find his way out of the club, with both AC Milan and former club PSG interested in luring him away from North London while the European transfer window remains open.
Indeed, the report states that Aurier wants to quit the club this month and he has made it clear to team-mates that he would welcome a chance for a fresh start
The Ivory Coast international arrived at the club only two years ago in a big-money deal, but has failed to nail down a regular slot in the Spurs first XI, making only 41 appearances (per Transfermarkt) across all competitions since his arrival.
Both Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth are recognised right-backs and while the latter is currently injured, the report does claim the likes of Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko can play there. In fact, Dier himself has made 25 appearances there over the course of his career, so there does at least appear to be a number of options available to the club.
Prior to joining the Champions League finalists, he was previously with PSG and looking quite a resolute defender as he averaged just shy of four tackles and three interceptions per game during his best season in the French capital.
However, he has failed to hit those heights for Spurs, and he made only six starts in the Premier League last season as well as being an unused substitute in the Champions League final loss to Liverpool.
Even straight after joining Tottenham in 2017, Aurier barely covered himself in glory after being sent-off on his debut against West Ham, a game in which he was described as ‘erratic’ and ‘arrogant’ by pundits such as Jamie Redknapp and Alan Pardew.
Considering his lack of involvement for the club over the course of his career there and the fact the aforementioned Foyth made more clearances per game (4 to 2.1 via WhoScored) and Walker-Peters was dribbled past fewer times (0.2 to 0.9) last season, it’s hard to imagine any exit having too much of an impact.
Should Aurier be kept or not? Join the discussion by commenting below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!