'First out the door' - Exclusive: 'Embarrassing' Spurs outfield player slaughtered by pundit
Serge Aurier should be “first out the door” at Tottenham this summer after the team’s Champions League elimination.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan as he assessed the wreckage of last night’s comprehensive 3-0 night to RB Leipzig in an exclusive interview with Football Insider.
Aurier played virtually the entire match until he was subbed in added time as Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a 4-0 aggregate defeat and exited Europe’s top competition at the last-16 stage.
Whelan pointed the finger at the Ivory Coast international, who played at right wing-back and struggled to deal with the defensive side of his job.
“Tottenham sold the wrong right-back last summer,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Kieran Trippier is comfortably a better player than Aurier and should not have been let go for £20million, which is nothing these days.
“Aurier’s fine going forward, although his crossing usually lets him down, but defensively he’s all over the place. He gets caught out of position all the time and throws himself wildly into tackles he can’t win.
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“It’s embarrassing watching him defend. He has to be first out the door this summer.”
Aurier has been a virtual ever-present since Mourinho took over as manager in November after previously struggling to nail down a starting place under Mauricio Pochettino.
He has made 31 starts among 33 appearances for Tottenham this season, comfortably the most in a campaign since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.
In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that a medical has taken place as 24-year-old puts finishing touches to transfer after training with Spurs.