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Football.London’s Tottenham Hotspur correspondent believes that Serge Aurier has a future at the club despite his failure to seal a move away from the club.
Gold believes that Aurier was for sale in the summer, though no club came forward with a bid for the Ivory Coast international.
Spurs, of course, sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer and opted against buying another right-back to replace him.
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino opted to start Davinson Sanchez at right-back against Arsenal due to the injuries sustained by both Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters, leaving Aurier, a specialist in the position, on the bench.
And Gold believes that he could still be integrated into the first-team in the coming weeks and months.
Speaking in a Q&A (13:09, Thursday September 4th), he said: “Aurier has been training with the first team. It’s not like he’s been excluded.
“Whether he’s first choice is another thing but if Kyle Walker-Peters is not fit enough for the Palace match I’d be surprised if the Ivorian isn’t given some game time. Spurs were willing to let him go this summer but no serious offers came in for him.
“The one main window that is still open is the Portuguese one, which is open until later this month, but whether a move to somewhere like Benfica or Sporting Lisbon appeals to Aurier is unclear and whether they could afford him.
“Aurier was on the bench against Arsenal and although Davinson Sanchez was preferred, I’d be surprised if Pochettino continues with that experiment despite telling me his performance was “great”.
“The Spurs boss just wanted to get to the end of the transfer window and now all the players’’ minds are on Spurs for the coming months and that includes Aurier.”
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Spurs need to get Aurier back into the XI.
Against Arsenal, they desperately lacked a specialist full-back on the right side, with Sanchez enduring a torrid afternoon.
With Walker-Peters still just 22 and Foyth nominally a centre-back, restoring Aurier to the first-team makes all the sense in the world.
Of course, the international break means that there will be no Premier League football this weekend but when Spurs face Crystal Palace, Aurier should be starting.
Sanchez is not good enough in the position, and fitness doubts could continue to hang over both Foyth and Walker-Peters; the Ivorian is the sensible choice.