Darren Bent claims that new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will have to take one look at Serge Aurier to realise he is not up to scratch defensively.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the biggest priority for the Portuguese boss has to be sorting out their defence, with 17 goals conceded in the Premier League this season.
Aurier has come under fire for his lack of defensive quality despite being a right-back, with Serge Gnabry exploiting his weaknesses in the 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Predicting that Mourinho will look for a sound footing when it comes to the defence, Bent says that the Ivory Coast international does not stand much of a chance of playing for his new manager.
Bent told Football Insider: “I think Mourinho will come in, take one look at Serge Aurier and go: ‘You know what, he’s not for me, defensively he’s just not for me.’
“First things first, what Spurs need to do is stop shipping goals. You can’t keep conceding the amount of goals that they do and win games, it’s not going to happen. I think he needs to sort out that back four, that is a definite.
“The fans might not enjoy the original football, they might think: ‘I’m not enjoying this,’ but if they’re winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 and steamrolling up the league, going seven games where they win six and draw one, then it doesn’t matter what sort of football they’re playing.”
Aurier has played nine times across all competitions this season, Mauricio Pochettino having seemingly settled on him as his first-choice right-back in the English top-flight.
The 26-year-old has a total of 50 appearances under his belt for the Lilywhites, as well as 60 caps for the Ivory Coast.
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