Tottenham Hotspur defeated Southampton 2-1 at their new stadium on Saturday to finish a turbulent week with a flourish.
Goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane saw Spurs over the line allowing the team to put their embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to Colchester firmly behind them.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino must have been fearing the worst on 31 minutes when right-back Serge Aurier picked up his second booking and was dismissed from the field.
Fortunately, the Ivorian’s moment of madness didn’t cost Tottenham, although it enhances the problems on the right-hand side of the back four for Pochettino.
The 26-year-old was making his third appearance of the campaign against the Saints and would have hoped to earn a consistent run in the team.
He will now miss a game through suspension and that gives someone else a chance to pin down a place in the Tottenham team.
Aurier’s erratic display highlights a glaring £20 million mistake that Pochettino and Spurs made during the summer months.
Kieran Trippier was allowed to depart for Atletico Madrid during the summer (The Guardian) and the amount received by Tottenham is starting to look like daylight robbery as far as Los Rojiblancos are concerned.
The England international was a solid player for Spurs and although he had an indifferent season during 2018/19, Pochettino should have persisted with the right-back.
Kyle Walker-Peters has looked a little raw and naive and although Aurier is experienced he highlighted his potential to be ill-disciplined at the weekend.
Tripper got his first taste of the Madrid-derby at the weekend as was rock solid as Atletico earned a 0-0 draw against one of their rivals for the La Liga title.
Selling the 29-year-old made zero sense. Okay so there wasn’t long left on his contract but on current form, he would have earned himself a new one for sure.
Whilst Tottenham struggle to find a capable replacement within their current ranks, Trippier goes from strength to strength in the Spanish capital.
With the season just seven games old, the decision to offload Tripper for such a paltry fee already looks like a foolish decision by the Premier League outfit.