Michael Brown claims that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is stifling the talents of Serge Aurier and Ben Davies with his tactics.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the full-backs are limited to how much they can attack and that it is harming their ability to make an impact on games.
Both Davies and Aurier have been mainstays in the side for Mourinho since the return of the Premier League.
The pair started Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Bournemouth on Thursday but both struggled to make a meaningful impact in the final third of the pitch.
Brown suggests that Mourinho’s tactics limit how much the full-backs can advance down the flanks and that Davies and Aurier are suffering as a result.
“I think the full-back situation, Mourinho has a different outlook as to how far your full-backs can go up the pitch,” Brown told Football Insider.
“If the crosses are from deep it’s different, you’ve got to say it’s a more difficult cross and they’ve not got that fluidity where they know they can go all the way to put the ball in higher up the pitch to get the ball in that corridor.
“From a deeper cross it’s going to be more difficult and I think if there was one thing Bournemouth wanted was to make things tight, keep the pressure on and stop crosses. The quality can be better and full-back areas have been questioned.”
Aurier has featured in all but one of Spurs’ Premier League games since September, while he has played all 90 minutes in four of the Lilywhites’ five matches since the Premier League restart.
Davies meanwhile has missed just one league game since February and has started every match since lockdown.
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