Alan Hutton has insisted Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier will save the club a mammoth £40million by signing a new contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender claimed tying down the Ivorian makes total sense following his stunning turnaround.
Football Insider revealed last week Spurs are planning to offer Aurier a new contract after he revived his career under Jose Mourinho.
The 27-year-old’s current deal expires in 18 months time and he almost joined Spartak Moscow in the summer.
However, Aurier has now turned his Spurs career around and has established as Mourinho’s first-choice right-back despite the arrival of Matt Docherty in the summer.
“I’ve criticised him on numerous occasions,” Hutton admitted to Football Insider.
“There’s definitely a good player in there, I think sometimes it comes down to concentration with him.
“He’s quick and his ability to go forward is very good but I thought it was just defensively he makes mistakes.
“Fair play to him, since Docherty’s come in, he’s really knuckled down. He’s seen there’s competition there for his place and he’s realised ‘hold on a second, if I want to stay at this club, which is a great club, and play week in, week out, I’m going to have to work hard.’ And he’s done that so full credit to him.
“His performances of late have been very good, in my opinion. Obviously, he’s got Steven Bergwijn on that side with him who works tirelessly to help out.
“All credit to him. His performances recently have deserved a new contract. You’d rather give someone who is playing well a new contract than spend £30million or £40million to bring someone else in. It’s worth it.
“Fair play to him for turning it around because he’s been excellent.”