Michael Brown has been impressed by Serge Aurier’s transformation but claimed Tottenham should not rush to hand him a new deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Spurs midfielder insisted the club may benefit from keeping the right-back on his toes this season.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are planning to offer a new contract to Aurier after a change of heart from Daniel Levy.
The Tottenham chairman was prepared to sell the right-back over the summer and agree terms with Spartak Moscow but is now willing to tie him down to avoid another contract saga in north London.
Aurier’s current deal expires in 18 months’ time and Levy wants the player’s future sorted before he enters the final year of his contract.
Asked what he thought of Aurier’s turnaround in north London, Brown told Football Insider: “You were always questioning that, weren’t you, to see what he’s going, how he was going to react?
“I mean, for me, with 18 months left, I don’t know, I just don’t think there’s any rush for Spurs’ case until the end of the season.
“I just think, ‘keep everyone fighting, keep them on their toes, you’ve got another player in that position’, so 18 months is fine but if he gets a new deal, he’s obviously playing, he’s in and around and Spurs are in a good position.”
Tottenham bought Matt Docherty from Wolves in the summer to provide competition for the right-back slot.
The new signing began the season in the starting XI for Premier League matches but, tellingly, Aurier has started the last four top-flight games including Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.