Sam Allardyce has told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast show on TalkSPORT (Monday, 6:50am) that Tottenham Hotspur star Serge Aurier’s “reckless” style may prevent Spurs from reaching the top four of the Premier League.
Following Kieran Trippier’s exit to Atletico Madrid, Aurier has returned from injury and found himself first choice at Spurs. But he was sent off in just his third appearance of the season, for two quick-fire yellow cards in the first half.
Aurier’s first yellow card saw him dive in through the back of Sofiane Boufal, with the player not going anywhere. Reckless to say the least, just moments later he was off for pulling Ryan Bertrand back after the England cap had escaped his presence.
Despite Aurier’s red, goals from Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele was enough to claim three points. But ex-England manager has claimed Aurier is yet to learn how to tackle since joining from PSG for £23million (Guardian), and that it could affect Spurs’ top-four chances.
TBR’s view – Do Tottenham need a new right-back?
Aurier is an excellent right-back and fits right into Spurs’ philosophy. The Ivory Coast international hs shown in glimpses his quality, an assist against Crystal Palace, his disallowed effort against Leicester City.
The defender hs plenty of talent, but Allardyce is right. He needs to learn to calm down, stand off a player and do not dive in. When he does go to tackle, it does not need to be a sldie tackle. Pick your moments.
Aurier has been waiting for a chance to start and Spurs owe him the chance to showcase his credentials. But if, next summer, he has not improved, Spurs should sign a new right-sided defender.