By Danny Wright
Former West Ham boss Alan Pardew has claimed that if was Tottenham manager, he would axe Serge Aurier from the first-team when they travel to APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Aurier, 24, was shown a red card in Spurs’ 3-2 win over the Hammers on Saturday and his reckless lunge on Andy Carroll while already on a yellow card could have proved costly as it sparked the hosts into life at the London Stadium.
Tottenham were 3-1 up at the time of the right-back’s dismissal but Slaven Bilic’s side managed to claw themselves back into the game and came very close to bagging a last-gasp equaliser in a frantic London derby.
Now, Pardew has called on Pochettino to drop Aurier and not even pay any attention to him until at least after the midweek European fixtures.
“He owes an apology to the team and an apology to the manager. If I was the manager I wouldn’t be looking at him for three days, he best keep out of my way until Thursday,” said Pardew on the Ivory Coast international, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“Jamie [Redknapp] called it during the first half that this guy would get sent off. If I was the manager on the sideline I would have taken him off before the booking.
“[The second yellow card] is truly unacceptable when you have already been booked. It’s not even in a desperate area of the pitch – it’s not in your final third. I can’t imagine what Mauricio Pochettino thinks of that.”
Aurier’s red card means that he would be available for the Champions League game against APOEL this week, but would serve a one-match suspension for the trip to Huddersfield next weekend.
The full-back signed for Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer as a replacement for Kyle Walker, who left for Manchester City for £54million.
He played more of a wing role against West Ham on Saturday as Pochettino deployed a back three formation.
Tottenham ace Aurier has made three appearances across all competitions for the Londoners since signing and played a major role in the impressive 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the first European game of the season.
In other Tottenham news, Tim Sherwood has torn into this Spurs player after this weekends action.