Paul Robinson has suggested that Tottenham defender Serge Aurier could be “exposed” for his lack of defensive quality as he singles out the right-back position as a problem for Jose Mourinho.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has blasted the Ivorian for his unconvincing performances and says that the Portuguese manager’s demand for solidity could see him in the firing line.
Aurier started Mourinho’s first match in charge of the Lilywhites on Saturday afternoon against West Ham, the full-back managing to make a difference in the final third of the pitch with an assist for Harry Kane.
However, Robinson has not been impressed with the 26-year-old’s contribution across the whole of the season and says that his clean slate might not last too long in north London.
Robinson told Football Insider: “The problem that they’ve got is at the right-back position. Kyle Walker-Peters is out injured and Serge Aurier hasn’t covered himself in glory in that position at all.
“I think that they’re weak across the whole back four to be honest. Serge Aurier certainly isn’t the answer.
“It’s a clean slate for him again. Whether he plays right-back, whether he plays in midfield, Mourinho’s going to play different formations where it’s a lot more solid. Whether his defensive incapabilities are more exposed and Mourinho won’t trust him, that’s one thing you’ll have to wait and see.”
Aurier featured nine times across all competitions this season prior to Mourinho’s arrival, with Mauricio Pochettino starting him in seven of his last eight Premier League games in charge.
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