'Won’t have the same impact' - Cascarino urges Tottenham to avoid this with wayward star
By Russell Edge
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has urged Tottenham not to limit the intensity of Serge Aurier after he was sent off in the club’s win over West Ham.
The Ivory Coast international picked up his second yellow card of the game with a needless lunge on Andy Carroll, meaning he will be absent for Spurs’ clash away at Huddersfield through suspension.
His dismissal marred what had been an impressive performance from the 23-year-old, having earlier pulled off an impressive last ditch tackle to deny Marko Arnautovic in the box.
Former Millwall man Cascarino has insisted that the wayward nature of the defender’s performances are what makes him such a good player, and has urged the club not to take that away from his locker.
Writing for the Times, he said: “Aurier always plays at such a high tempo and intensity, it’s hard to stop him because he’s so committed.
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“If you try to take away the drive that makes him play on the edge, he may become hesitant and then won’t have the same impact.
“Better you let them make the challenges. Otherwise you are losing a bit of the player.”
Aurier, capped 40 times by his country, has had disciplinary issues both on and off the field in the past, having received a three match suspension for insulting a referee on social media.
He also found himself suspended by his then club Paris Saint Germain after a video of him criticising his manager and fellow team mates.
However, Saturday’s red card does not affect European matches, meaning he is available for selection for the club’s clash against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he does not know when a key player will be back.