By Gabriel Agbonlahor

19th Nov, 2020 | 7:30am

Mourinho 'Scared' of Tottenham player set for rare start v Man City - pundit Exclusive

Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier as he looks set to start against Manchester City on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker admitted the Ivorian does make mistakes but backed Mourinho to get the best out of him.

Aurier has started just two Premier League games this season because summer signing Matt Doherty has established himself as Mourinho’s first choice right-back.

However, Doherty tested positive for coronavirus on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this week and will now enter a mandatory 10 day period of self-isolation.

Aurier is Mourinho’s only other senior right-back option meaning he looks set for a rare league start against City.

Asked by Football Insider whether he felt the 27-year-old is an able deputy for Doherty, Agbonlahor said: “I really like Serge Aurier.

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“I watched the Spurs documentary and I think Jose Mourinho summed it up on there when he said ‘I’m scared of you giving away a penalty or a set piece’ because he has that in him, he can switch off at times.

“When he’s fully switched on he’s a great defender and going forward he’s not too bad either.

“But sometimes, when the opposition are doing a one-two he’ll switch off and they’ll get in behind him and that’s what’s frustrating for Jose Mourinho and that’s why he’s not probably played as much this season.

“If Jose Mourinho can get him switched on and get him right for a game, then he’s a great defender. He’s proved that through his career.

“He had a fantastic career at PSG and he’s still a great defender.”

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