Tottenham Hotspur will not turn to Serge Aurier in their time of need at right-back, according to a report.
Spurs take on North London rivals Arsenal at the weekend and are looking short in the full-back are. Kyle Walker-Peters, who has begun the season as the starter in the role, is likely to miss the game with a hamstring problem. Argentine defender Juan Foyth is also currently injured and Tottenham sold regular starter Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer.
That leaves the Ivory Coast international as Tottenham’s only recognised specialist right-back.
However, according to The Guardian, Mauricio Pochettino is set to snub the defender even in his hour of need.
Tottenham are likely to play Moussa Sissoko or Eric Dier in the role.
On the one hand, it is hard to see how this makes any sense from Tottenham. Aurier is a proven right-back who would be more than capable of filling in due to the current injury crisis.
However, there is a strong argument against him featuring as well.
Aurier is not in Tottenham’s long-term plans and the club are believed to be pushing for his sale before the end of the European transfer window.
If the 26-year-old was to pick up an injury, Tottenham’s chance of a sale would be scuppered.
On top of that, Tottenham need to utilise the players that they are likely to use for the rest of the season. If Aurier is not included in those plans then Pochettino is right to try and adapt without him.
Hopefully, whoever does get the job, can help Tottenham to a much-needed Premier League win.