Speaking to Football Insider, regular Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has explained the potential dilemma which chairman Daniel Levy faces with the highly improved Serge Aurier.
Aurier, who has been one of Tottenham’s most improved players this season, alongside fellow former outcast Tanguy Ndombele, is still yet to be offered a new deal as his expires in 2022 – with Robinson explaining it is ‘unlike’ the club not to tie down a crucial player.
The 66-cap Ivorian was apparently on the verge of leaving over the most recent summer window, as Levy reportedly accepted a bid from Russian giants Spartak Moscow only for Aurier to reject the move (Football Insider).
Robinson drops Levy dilemma over Aurier
Judging by his start to this campaign, the right-back looks like a man reborn under Jose Mourinho – with the ‘beast‘ largely being favoured over summer signing Matt Doherty in big games.
Indeed, he started both the north London derby and Spurs’ trip to Old Trafford, where he put in a Man of the Match display during their 6-1 win and even got on the scoresheet.
Safe to say, he has become a pivotal figure for Mourinho, but Robinson claims he is now ‘one to watch’ as Levy faces a tough decision whether to stick or twist on a new deal.
“It is unlike Tottenham to let a player that they want to keep get into the final 18 months of their contract without offering them a new deal,” explained Robinson to Football Insider.
“He was close to leaving in the summer but I think it is now one to watch.
“If they want to keep him, he will be offered a new deal over the festive period, before the end of January. If not, we will likely see him leave next summer to raise some much-needed funds.”
Transfer Tavern take
Given his start to the season, it’s debatable to say Spurs fans won’t want to see the back of Aurier next summer, depending on whether he continues his fine form.
As the defender’s contract expires in 2022, Levy now faces a huge call.
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