Tottenham Hotspur earned a battling draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League last night. An out-of-sorts Harry Kane still managed to find a goal to give Spurs the lead but a penalty from Pascal Gross saw the Seagulls take what could be a crucial point in the relegation battle.
Brighton’s goal came almost immediately after Kane had given Spurs the lead after Serge Aurier made the mistake of tripping Jose Izquierdo just inside the penalty area. For Tottenham fans, it was an all too familiar sight.
The Ivory Coast international was signed by Spurs in the summer as a replacement for the Manchester City-bound Kyle Walker.
The fee paid for the Paris Saint-Germain player was reported by The Guardian to be in the region of £23 million.
He has largely played second fiddle to England international Kieran Trippier this season and, is undoubtedly an excellent talent. His crossing ability is superb and his energy going forward can be exceptional.
But he is extremely prone to errors defensively. Lack of concentration and poor positioning leaves him in situations like the one he found himself in last night.
It begs the question, should Spurs have just put their faith in Kyle Walker-Peters?
The defender, who turned 21 this week, has all the attributes to become a future Premier League full-back. Yet, Tottenham decided not to pull the trigger on him this season.
If not now, then when? With his near-namesake leaving last summer Spurs had the perfect opportunity to give Walker-Peters the role of immediate back-up to Trippier.
It would have saved them £23 million and, judging by what Aurier has shown so far, would not have made an incredible difference to the performance on the field.
Now Spurs are left with three players all vying for one position and could risk losing the youngest and perhaps most talented as a result. Mauricio Pochettino would have made Daniel Levy better off by giving the England under-21 star his chance this season.