Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a lucky break by not being able to select Serge Aurier for this weekend’s clash against Brighton, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that the Ivorian’s one-game ban, having been sent off against Southampton last week, could be a “blessing in disguise” for the Argentine manager.
Pochettino has used three right-backs across the course of the season, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Davinson Sanchez both handed starts before Aurier’s return to the side.
Having seen the former PSG man endure a shocker against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Mills says that Pochettino might be feeling a little relieved that he is forced into a change against Brighton, giving someone else the chance to make their mark.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s suspended so it’s an opportunity for whoever comes in. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise for Pochettino that he doesn’t have to drop him, he doesn’t have to take him out of the team.
“I’m sure there’s a part of Pochettino that’s thinking: ‘Right, whoever I play at right-back, please have a good game. Have a good game and if you do, you can stay in after the international break.’
“It makes him that little bit easier for him to handle.”
Aurier, 26, had started Tottenham’s last three Premier League games as well as the Champions League thrashing against Bayern, with Walker-Peters given a runout in the shock League Cup defeat to Colchester.
Brighton’s last outing saw them lose 2-0 to Chelsea, the Seagulls picking up just one win from their opening seven league fixtures this season.