EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills claims that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to tell one of his right-backs that they are his first-choice over the next month.

The former Manchester City and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the right-hand side of the defence is the Lilywhites’ biggest issue right now and that the manager needs to show faith in one of his options.

Pochettino has Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier as his natural right-sided options, while Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth have also featured there during 2019.

With Sanchez having played against Arsenal in Walker-Peters’ absence, Mills has urged Pochettino to hold talks with one of his options and commit to giving him a run in the team regardless of his performances.

Mills told Football Insider: “The big issue that Tottenham do have is that they don’t have a number one right-back. They don’t have a number one number two, if that makes sense. We’re not quite sure who that is obviously after Kieran Trippier has left.

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“They’ve got to get through the next month or so, give Walker-Peters or Aurier a run of games – Sanchez played there, out of position, which isn’t ideal, a centre-half at right-back is never the best option in the world.

“They need to settle down over the next month and (Pochettino needs to) say to one of them: ‘Right, you’re playing, this is your position for the next three or four games,’ and give that player a chance to settle down, rather than him being on edge like: ‘If I have half a bad game, I might be out.'”

Walker-Peters was Pochettino’s first-choice for the opening three games of the campaign but missed out against Arsenal due to injury, the Argentine boss opting to play Sanchez as a makeshift option with Aurier on the bench.

The Ivorian has not played once this season, finding himself left as an unused substitute for two games, with his last league appearance coming back in February.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has tipped Pochettino to axe an international star for a youngster against Crystal Palace.