Date: 22nd September 2019 at 11:43am
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EXCLUSIVE

Alan Hutton claimed that Tottenham defender Serge Aurier could seal a starting spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s line-ups.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Spurs defender revealed that he thought the Ivory Coast international could make himself first-choice right back at the club if he is able to deliver consistent performances.

Hutton shared that he thought Aurier’s performances had previously been a bit up and down and didn’t know whether the 26-year-old’s inconsistent displays were a result of him adjusting to the Premier League.

The former Spurs right-back also admitted that when Aurier first joined Tottenham from Paris-Saint Germain in 2017, that he was previously expecting big things from the defender.

“I think when I first saw him, to be honest, I was expecting big things as he was coming from PSG and he looked strong, fast so I was expecting a lot,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“I don’t know if it was adjusting to the league, he looked a little bit rash to me, as his performances were a bit up and down, but I think at right-back, with Trippier gone, it’s a space that is up for grabs between three people I would say.

“I think for him, it’s trying to get consistency, if he can keep his levels up, he’ll play every week.”

In his 2018/19 campaign, Aurier featured in only eight Premier League matches for Spurs but did manage to rack up two assists in his outings.

So far this season, Pochettino has opted to utilise the 26-year-old twice in the league with him playing the full 90 minutes against both Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

In other Tottenham news, Hutton has told Football Insider why he is worried about a big claim from one of Spurs’ star men.