By Russell Edge
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has blasted Serge Aurier for his performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Ivory Coast defender went from hero to zero against Los Blancos, delivering a cross which forced Raphael Varane to turn into his own net, before conceding a penalty with a needless lunge on Toni Kroos which saw Real Madrid net their equaliser.
It was not the first time the 24-year-old has found himself on the wrong side of the officials this season, having been sent off for two bookable offences earlier this season against West Ham.
Cascarino says that while he recognises the right back has bags of talent, he must learn to manage his temperament and be more composed on the football pitch if he is to compete among the top players in world football.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino said: “Aurier must get rid of his reckless attitude if he is to be successful at the highest level.
“His lunge on Toni Kroos was so unnecessary. Watching it, my immediate reaction was: ‘You idiot!’
“You cannot afford to do that in the modern game with attackers looking for any opportunity to go to ground.
“He has a lot of ability, in attack and defence, and he is a fine athlete with great pace. But he must cut out that recklessness.”
Since joining Spurs from Paris Saint Germain, Aurier has made five appearances across all competitions, having started each of their Champions League matches this season, chipping in with one assist.
It awaits to be seen whether Mauricio Pochettino retains him in the starting XI for their next clash against Liverpool at Wembley, with Kieran Trippier also fighting for a place in the line up.
In other Tottenham news, Jamie Redknapp has claimed the club are lucky to have this world class individual.