Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has urged Jose Mourinho to let Spurs full-back Serge Aurier surge up the right-hand side more often instead of keeping him further back.
Hoddle was speaking after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Fulham, another game in which Spurs led at the break but were pegged back by the final whistle.
Harry Kane gave the North Londoners the lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a diving header in the 25th minute, left-back Sergio Reguilon with a pinpoint delivery.
Rather than building on it, Spurs laboured for much of the rest of the game, while the Cottagers grew more confident and eventually drew level through Ivan Cavaleiro’s header.
Hoddle feels that Tottenham’s strategy often becomes muddled when they take the lead, and thinks Aurier should have licence to attack, much like Reguilon, even when they’re in front.
“They’re not sure whether to keep the handbrake on and see the game out,” Hoddle told Optus Sport. “That’s not working (and it is more than one chance conceded here and there) – they’ve dropped 10 points.
“So they’ve got to look at it another way and let Aurier go down the right-hand side … they seem to tuck Aurier, or whoever is playing right-back, in, and let the left-side go. But I think they need to take a risk to earn that second goal and get the points.”
Aurier was previously criticised for his struggles at the back, even though he was impressive in attack, but his defensive game has improved massively this season under Mourinho.
Even though the manager has got some of his decisions wrong, his tactics concerning the £23million man haven’t exactly been in that category.
Mourinho’s decision to take Tanguy Ndombele off once again proved controversial amongst fans last night, as it removed creativity from midfield – that’s potentially a bigger issue than the right flank.