Michael Brown has ripped into Tottenham defender Serge Aurier for his mistake in the defeat to RB Leipzig.
The former Spurs and Leeds enforcer, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 27-year-old’s error was inexcusable at this level, although claims Jose Mourinho is still trying to find a balance in defence.
Aurier misjudged a header on Tuesday which led to the German side’s second, Angelino crossing in for Marcel Sabitzer to head home.
The Lilywhites were beaten 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate, leaving Mourinho’s men chasing a top-four finish to seal Champions League football for next season.
Brown blasted Aurier’s display but also claims that Mourinho is still to find the right combination of players and tactics at the back.
Brown told Football Insider: “He’ll be disappointed that he’s made a mistake.
“He lost the ball in the lights, he turned full circle and it went. You can’t do that at this level. He’ll understand, he lost his bearings, he’s got to recover from that.
“He’s played a lot of games, he’s getting more and more. What I would say is the difference in tactics whether you’re playing a right-back or a right wing-back.
“I think that’s something Jose Mourinho’s trying to get better, trying to get the combination with the players that he’s got.
Aurier has played a total of 33 times across all competitions this season, coming under heavy fire for some poor defensive displays.
He has faced added competition for a starting role from emerging talent Japhet Tanganga, while Kyle Walker-Peters was allowed to join Southampton on loan in January.
In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has made a big transfer claim involving a number of the club’s senior stars.