Darren Bent claims Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho still “can’t trust” defender Serge Aurier despite his improved performances since the Premier League’s return.

The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 27-year-old right-back has been a consistent performer for the Lilywhites in recent weeks.

Aurier has started all four of Spurs’ league games since the league resumed and only failed to play the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

Bent believes that Tottenham are in urgent need of defensive reinforcements but suggests the Ivory Coast international can hold his head up a little higher than before.

Bent told Football Insider: “I’m pretty sure Mourinho is there thinking: ‘What else can I do?’ He can only use the players at his disposal.

“Listen, the last couple of games I think Aurier’s been okay – yes, you still can’t trust him 100 per cent but I think he’s been better than he has been.

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“I think Mourinho at the end of the season, I do fear for them because I’m not sure how much business they can do that’s going to completely and drastically change Spurs’ fortunes.” 

Aurier has played 37 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, with the defender facing a lack of competition for the right-back spot.

Mourinho allowed Kyle Walker-Peters, the only other senior right-sided defender in the squad after Kieran Trippier’s summer exit, leave on loan to Southampton in January.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has been left stunned as two “world-class” talents are left out the side.

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