Peter Crouch has claimed that Tottenham need to prioritise improving their full-back options in the next transfer window, while picking out right-back Serge Aurier as someone that needs to be upgraded.
Despite a recent improvement in their backline, Spurs have struggled with their form of late and sit ninth in the Premier League table with only four fixtures remaining.
Jose Mourinho’s side are currently preparing for this weekend’s north London derby at home to Arsenal and the rest of their campaign realistically rests on the result.
After the incredible achievement of reaching a Champions League final last season, Spurs have taken a huge step backwards in the next 12 months and serious questions are now being asked.
Ex-Spurs forward Crouch has suggested that his former club need to look to sign some new full-back options at the first opportunity.
“The first area I would look to improve is at full back. I believe they can improve on Serge Aurier at right back, for certain,” Crouch told the Daily Mail.
TBR’s View – Is Aurier good enough for Spurs?
Aurier has been singled out as a player that should be replaced in the XI, which on balance is a fair assessment of the £23million (BBC) signing.
The 27-year-old is an attack-minded full-back with plenty of pace and power, which has seen him be a regular in Mourinho’s team since his mid-season appointment as manager.
He’s weighed in with eight assists in 38 games across all competitions this campaign, but that tally should be far higher and in recent games he’s been wasteful in the third from the right.
Aurier may be a decent backup option to have in the squad next year for Spurs, but defensively he’s too vulnerable and he’s likely to be caught out against top opposition.