Danny Mills has claimed Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho “doesn’t quite trust” full-back Serge Aurier.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England full-back slammed the 27-year-old for his lack of consistency.
The Ivorian was handed just his third Premier League start of the season against Manchester City on Saturday.
Summer signing and first-choice right-back Matt Doherty was not available for selection after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty.
Aurier put in an impressive performance against Man City as he played the full 90 minutes in Spurs’ 2-0 win.
But Mills questioned whether he has the ability to put in similar performances regularly.
He told Football Insider: “With Aurier, I’m not sure he has the consistency for Mourinho and that’s obviously why he has brought in Doherty.
“Mourinho likes good defenders in his side and he wants to be very very solid.
“Doherty was consistent for Wolves, every single week he was fantastic. He’s brought him in for that high level of consistency more than anything else that’s what he wants.
“Aurier I think is a good backup, he can certainly do a job in there. We’ve seen some very good games we’ve seen him have some not so good games. It’s just that consistency level that Mourinho doesn’t quite trust.”
Aurier established himself as Mourinho’s first-choice right-back at the end of the last season as he started every Premier League game when the competition resumed in June.
Since his move from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, the Ivory Coast international has played 88 times across all competitions for the Lilywhites.
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