By Danny Wright
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has warned Tottenham defender Serge Aurier to improve his professionalism after a series of high-profile controversies in his career.
Aurier, 24, was snapped up by Spurs in the summer from Paris Saint-Germain as Mauricio Pochettino looked for a replacement for Kyle Walker, who left for Manchester City.
The Ivory Coast international has quite the ‘bad-boy’ reputation attached to his name after previously assaulting a police officer as well as launching expletives at former PSG boss Laurent Blanc and a referee.
More recently, Aurier was shown a red card in Tottenham’s 3-2 win at West Ham last month for a reckless challenge on Andy Carroll even though he was already on a booking and his side were ahead.
Now, the right-back’s former international team-mate Drogba has warned him that although he may be a gifted player, he has to think about his duties as a role model when conducting himself in the future.
“Serge Aurier maybe has to make those mistakes to really understand and realise what he represents,” said Drogba, as quoted by the Mirror.
“He’s a good person, he’s loyal, he wants to succeed. His problem is away from the pitch – he’s always given everything on the pitch.
“But you know that when there are kids who call your name and ask for autographs, you have to be careful with all your actions and gestures.”
Aurier has impressed in the four appearances he has made since joining Tottenham, playing as a an attacking wing-back in Pochettino’s entertaining system.
He was banned for last week’s 4-0 hammering of Huddersfield but is expected to return to the fold when Premier League action resumes in just under a weeks’ time when Bournemouth travel to Wembley.
In other Tottenham news, this striker has suffered an injury blow before Spurs’ clash with Bournemouth.