Darren Bent has ripped into Tottenham’s Serge Aurier following his latest display in midweek.
The defender was part of a Spurs team that were battered 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were annihilated by the German opponents on Tuesday night and worryingly they still have to travel to Munich to face them again later in the group.
It was a nightmare defensive performance from Spurs, as they were carved through late on and Serge Gnabry ended up with four goals on the night.
Ex-Spurs player Bent was left criticising Aurier for his role in the shocking European defeat and feels he was out of his depth.
The right-back couldn’t get anywhere near left-winger Gnabry all night, who was ghosting past him like he wasn’t even there.
He was also perhaps fortunate not to see red early in the first-half for a two-footed challenge on David Alaba.
“Serge Aurier is a bit of a liability. Positionally he is all over the place, he has always got that tendency to dive in so he can give a foul away,” Bent said on Sky Sports’ Main Event Channel (10:23pm, 1 October).
“When you get these big games in these big competitions you can’t afford to be having passengers and Serge Aurier is one where he is always waling that tightrope where you don’t quite know what is going to happen.”
Aurier is capable of going from one extreme to the other and unfortunately Spurs fans saw him at his worst agains Bayern.
He wasn’t the only player to lose their heads on the night, but it’s something that has been seen before from him and he will drop a poor display once every handful of games.
The 26-year-old was unable to deal with Gnabry one-on-one and surely the wide man in front of him should have tracked back.
Pochettino’s decision to get rid of Kieran Trippier in the summer is looking increasingly suspect by the day.