'Was class', A liability' - Tottenham fans divided by defender's performance v West Ham
By Russell Edge
Tottenham fans have been left divided on social media after the performance of Serge Aurier in their victory over West Ham.
The Ivory Coast international made a bright start to the game, offering an attacking threat down the right flank while also demonstrating his defensive capabilities with a last ditch tackle to deny Marko Arnautovic from pulling the trigger.
However a accumulation of fouls saw him pick up a yellow card in the second half, before a reckless lunge at Andy Carroll saw him pick up his second booking and subsequently his marching orders.
While his dismissal had many Spurs fans up in arms on Twitter, there were those who could look past the red card and credit him for a fine performance.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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I'm not going to be too hard on Aurier. As long as we got the result today & he learns from his mistake I can look past the red card today
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) September 23, 2017
Dele Alli was so poor today. Kane and Eriksen were another level today. Aurier needs to calm down. Another day we could of thrown it away
— Jack Perchard (@ThePerchy) September 23, 2017
Aurier is an absolute red card waiting to happen, please just have faith in Trippier Poch!
— Alex Sexton (@EN_AlexSexton) September 23, 2017
Aurier will have to learn fast. We can't have a liability like that in our team. Well done the lads for seeing the game out.. just! #COYS
— cj lloyd (@randalpinklloyd) September 23, 2017
Despite his sending off Aurier was class. Love his style of play.Nerves got to him today I reckon.Will end up being a quality signing. #THFC
— Usman (@101usman) September 23, 2017
So frustrating from Aurier. I thought he had a really industrious, exciting, dynamic match until that ridiculous moment. Could have cost us.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) September 23, 2017
Aurier was good today. He reminds me of walker and he will get better. #COYS
— Alec Brimson (@ABrimson) September 23, 2017
End of the day – Aurier getting sent off so early in PL career, probably is good for him from a learning point of view. Hope he learns
— arunSpurs (@arunspurs) September 23, 2017
Aurier arrived at Tottenham from French side Paris Saint Germain over the summer, and has established himself as an important member of the first team squad, although Saturday was his first start in the Premier League.
However, his place in the starting XI is not guaranteed, with former Burnley defender Kieran Trippier and young full back Kyle-Walker Peters both vying for the same position.
His suspension is only for domestic ties, which means he could play a part in Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Apoel Nicosia.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has claimed Spurs boss Pochettino needs to be more like Mourinho.