Tottenham may look to the Championship to replace Serge Aurier if he leaves in the summer, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League full-back insisted it is “vitally important” for Spurs to have competition in the right-back department.
This site revealed earlier this week the club plan on offloading Aurier in the summer when he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff see the 28-year-old as “uncoachable” after he has failed to eradicate his erratic defending.
He has added to his catalogue of errors already this year by giving away a needless penalty against Liverpool in January.
The 66-time Ivory Coast international has featured just three times since, with summer signing Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga both being given a chance to impress.
Asked whether Spurs will need to sign a replacement for Aurier if he leaves, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, definitely, without a doubt.
“They’ll be looking at somebody to find. You’ve always got to have back up and you’ve also got to have competition for places which is vitally important.
“If you let someone go they’re might be a youngster coming through the system or they pull someone from the Championship or abroad, wherever that might be.
“They’ll certainly have to find back up if not competition.”
Tottenham delved into the Championship market last year when they added Swansea City centre-back Joe Rodon for £11million on deadline day in October.
The Wales international has struggled for consistent game time in north London and has not featured in their last three Premier League matchday squads.