Former Tottenham Hotspur attacker Garth Crooks has been commenting on the performance of right-back Serge Aurier this weekend.
The Ivory Coast international was pulled back into the Tottenham starting XI this weekend after the club failed to sell him before the close of the European transfer window.
Aurier is now Tottenham’s most experienced right-back, after Kieran Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid.
The former PSG man swiftly proved why many Tottenham fans have wanted to see him get this chance.
Aurier was in fine form, providing an assist as Tottenham tore Crystal Palace to shreds in a 4-0 demolition.
Crooks, writing in his BBC Team of the Week column, included Aurier at right-back. But whilst he was impressed with the player, he also had some harsh words for his performances in England up to this point.
“Every time I have seen Aurier play for Tottenham I have been left desperately disappointed and quite often angry. Disappointed because of his lack of performance and angry because of his inability to respect the depth of quality in the Premier League.
“This is not France where there are only a couple of decent teams in the league but the toughest and most demanding league in the world. Against Crystal Palace the former Paris St-Germain defender woke up to that fact and finally played like it. And about time.”
There is no doubt that Aurier has been something of an inconsistent figure since his arrival at Tottenham.
Crooks’ words might be a little harsh, but as a former Tottenham player, he has earned the right to criticise the likes of Aurier.
But it might be that being the number one right-back gives Aurier the impetus to finally apply himself fully to the role.
Hopefully, he can thrive this season and prove plenty of people wrong.