Tottenham defender Serge Aurier was promoted to the starting XI in the win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, as the English team kept themselves alive in the Champions League group stages with a 2-1 win
Aurier got the huge chance to start at right-back in the European showdown and put some pressure on teammate Kieran Trippier for the full-back position.
But the 25-year-old turned in a fairly average display against PSV, where he showed very little cutting edge going forward and he was eventually substituted off in the second-half.
Trippier has been struggling for form right now with some defensive mistakes, but it looks like his attacking play could be enough to keep him as the first-choice right-back for the meantime.
Aurier, who signed for £23million (BBC) from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, is a speed machine that has shown in glimpses his quality at Spurs.
The Ivory Coast international is extremely difficult for wingers to come up against in one-on-one scenarios, as he’s tenacious in his tackles and has great pace.
But his contribution against PSV once again highlighted his lack of quality in crossing and that is where counterpart Trippier excels.
Mauricio Pochettino can afford to rotate between the pair across different competitions and Aurier needs to try show more composure going forward when he next plays.