Tottenham stars will privately be “shocked” Serge Aurier is in the team and wondering why an adequate replacement was not found for Kieran Trippier.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan as he assessed the wreckage of last night’s Champions League humiliation in an exclusive interview with Football Insider.
Aurier played the full 90 minutes as Tottenham were routed 7-2 by Bayern Munich at the new White Hart Lane.
Whelan claimed Spurs players will be privately pointing the finger at the Ivory Coast international as he lamely dealt with Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, scorer of four goals.
“Tottenham sold the wrong right-back,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Kieran Trippier was well below par last season, after the World Cup, but he is comfortably a better player than Aurier.
“He’s fine going forward and on the overlap but defensively he’s absolutely shocking. He’s reckless, gets caught out of position all the time and throws himself wildly into tackles he can’t win.
“For a Champions League club pushing for a top-four spot, there’s no way you can play him at right-back against top wingers.
“Even the modern full-back has to be able to defend. Aurier can’t. His Spurs teammates will think he’s a joke, I’m sure they will privately be shocked he’s in the team.”
Aurier made just his fourth appearance of the season last night, with Mauricio Pochettino rotating him at right-back along with Kyle Walker-Peters and Davinson Sanchez.
He has made 45 appearances for Tottenham since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.