Michael Brown has tipped Serge Aurier to make a rare start for Tottenham in place of the missing Matt Doherty against Manchester City.
The former Spurs and City midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 27-year-old Ivorian is a “more than capable” replacement for the “disappointed” Republic of Ireland international.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed Doherty was still in self-isolation after he tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break.
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Aurier has started just twice in the league this season and a total of five times across all competitions, with the former Wolves man having seemingly established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice right-back.
However, Brown has backed the Ivory Coast star to fill the void and suggested he could be asked to play a more defensive role against City.
Asked if losing Doherty would be a big blow for Spurs, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, but he hasn’t played all the games so at that point, it’s not necessarily that they haven’t got the cover.
“They’ve got two right-backs so ultimately I think they can cope. Yes, would they want him, will he be disappointed to miss it? Yes, but I think defensively, they might have gone with a more defensive right-back against Manchester City.
“Aurier’s played there in the league, was it against Manchester United in the win? That helps his case, doesn’t it? I think he’s got a more than capable other right-back. The squad’s got much more balance and composure at the back. He just doesn’t need injuries at central defence.”
Aurier’s two league starts came in the 6-1 win over Manchester United, in which he scored and assisted, and the 3-3 draw with West Ham.
He was left out of the matchday squads against both Burnley and Brighton but returned to the bench for the win over West Brom.
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