Alan Hutton has ripped into Tottenham defender Serge Aurier and says the Ivorian international has been “difficult to watch” this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender says that his fellow right-back has proven himself to be a liability on numerous occasions throughout the campaign and questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino could trust him any longer.
Aurier found himself on the wrong side of the officials once again in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, conceding the penalty which gave Mohamed Salah the chance to score the winning goal.
Hutton says that defensive lapses from the 26-year-old are happening too often for his liking and suggests that Pochettino will have to change things at right-back over the coming weeks.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s difficult to watch at times. One minute he does something brilliant and then the next minute it’s as if he just switches off.
“It’s his third or fourth penalty he’s given away – it’s just clumsy. It’s clumsy not knowing where the attacking player is and it’s a big swing. He did well initially, I thought, to get the ball but just keep concentrating.
“He’s taken a big lash at it and ended up kicking him in the back of the leg. It’s happening too much for my liking and I think when you’re in a difficult situation as Tottenham have been, you need people out there who you can trust to give you consistent performances.
“Playing him, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I can’t see him just sticking with it.”
Aurier has played seven times across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, picking up a red card for two bookings against Southampton.
Kyle Walker-Peters is the only natural right-back alternative at Pochettino’s disposal, the Argentine having used Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez and even Moussa Sissoko as makeshift options in recent months.
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