Danny Mills has tipped Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to axe Serge Aurier from the starting XI against Bayern Munich and replace him with Davinson Sanchez.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that he thinks the Argentine boss will be looking to keep things tight at the back against the German giants and that the Colombian is more reliable than his Ivorian counterpart.
Aurier was sent off in Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon, picking up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes.
Mills says that with Bayern offering one of the sternest tests possible in European football, he expects Pochettino to play things safe and put Sanchez in at right-back, despite the Colombian being a natural centre-half.
He told Football Insider: “I think what it does do is give the manager a quandary there. He clearly thought that Aurier is the best player at the moment.
“He’s made a bad error, strange decision to do what he’s done. Against Bayern is a massive game, you need experience so can you throw (Kyle) Walker-Peters in there? I’m not sure he’s ready, fitness-wise as well.
“I just wonder if he might tweak it again and he might end up putting Davinson Sanchez out there again. Just go for a little bit more defensive solidity and a bit more reliability. They’ve got away with it against Southampton.”
Pochettino has chosen to rotate between his right-back options this season, with Walker-Peters seemingly his first-choice at the start of the campaign before injury cast him to the sidelines.
Sanchez was shoehorned into the full-back slot by Pochettino despite having Aurier available, the Ivorian eventually taking over and starting the club’s last three Premier League games.