Tottenham kept their Champions League hopes alive by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday night, but the performance of Serge Aurier left a lot to be desired.
Tottenham fans have been growing more and more infuriated by their full backs this season, as the likes of Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier have been unable to reach the standards they set last season.
Aurier was given the nod at right back on Tuesday after Trippier’s horror show at Wolves, and it’s fair to say the Ivory Coast international didn’t exactly grasp the opportunity.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell behind early when Luuk de Jong headed home from a corner, but a wonderful brace from Harry Kane rescued three points.
The visitors could have certainly scored more than one though, as Hirving Lozano and Steven Bergwijn used their speed to terrorise the Tottenham defence.
Davies was poor as well, but Aurier really stood out as an accident waiting to happen, perhaps why he was taken off with 15 minutes to go.
The 25 year-old committed more fouls (two) than he won tackles (one), and didn’t make a single interception.
He wasn’t productive going forward either, completing five dribbles but failing to find the end product at the end of those runs, completing zero key passes and just one out of five successful crosses.
The former PSG star’s lack of composure hurts him at both ends of the pitch, and as all four first team full backs struggle for form it’s beginning to look like another area that needs addressing in the transfer market.
Fans are of course desperate for a new central midfielder, but a surprise move to upgrade the defence might just be even more essential.
So, Tottenham fans, what did you think of Aurier’s display? Does Pochettino need to splash out on new full backs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…