Alan Hutton has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino can trust right-back Serge Aurier after his recent performances for Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland full-back says that the Ivorian international has let himself down within a matter of days, having been sent off against Southampton and then playing in the 7-2 thrashing versus Bayern Munich.
The 26-year-old may have considered himself lucky not to have also seen red against the German giants, having landed both feet on a Bayern player after a reckless lunge.
Hutton says that he thought the former PSG man had turned a corner with his convincing display against Crystal Palace earlier in the season but that his recent displays have cast serious doubt over whether he should be in the side.
“I watched him when he first came and coming from a big team, I thought he looked promising, a good player, strong, quick,”Hutton told Football Insider.
“I don’t know, you just don’t know what you’re going to get out of him and as a manager, it must be difficult. Obviously I’m a right-back, he’s a right-back so I watch him even more and I’m thinking he played really well in the league before the game with his sending off, maybe that’s going to be a turning point, he was involved in everything.
“Two silly bookings in a few minutes to get sent off, then he’s at it again the other night. I don’t see how you can trust him really at the moment.”
Aurier has started the last three games at right-back for Pochettino but will serve his one-game ban for the Lilywhites’ clash against Brighton this weekend, with Kyle Walker-Peters the other natural option on the right-hand side of the defence.
However, the Argentine has also made use of Davinson Sanchez as a makeshift full-back at times this campaign, the Colombian having sat on the bench against Bayern.