Serge Aurier was up to his old tricks once again on Thursday night.
The Tottenham Hotspur star has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons following their 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool during the week.
According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, the 28-year-old left the stadium early after being hauled off at half-time by Jose Mourinho as he believed the Ivorian was at fault for their opener right before the break.
‘It is understood the right-back left the ground in a move that will no doubt have angered head coach Jose Mourinho,’ wrote the reliable Law.
Given emerging transfer reports this week, the £23m signing from PSG could be in grave danger soon…
It’s thought that Spurs are monitoring the progress of Max Aarons ahead of a potential move with Norwich City currently valuing him at £20m, as per the Sunday Mirror (24/01, page 71).
Chief Scout Steve Hitchen has been in attendance in recent matches, not only keeping tabs on Spurs loan star Oliver Skipp but clearly his England U21 teammate too.
Aurier’s latest decision, as Law says, will undoubtedly cause a stir with Mourinho. The right-back has always been a controversial figure in north London – he had to be disciplined after breaching the UK’s lockdown guidelines last year, while his performances on the pitch have been far from consistent.
“Positionally, he’s all over the place, he’s always got that tendency to dive in and give a foul away,” added Bent.
Aurier has also been linked with a return to former club PSG as Mauricio Pochettino has taken over there and after this most recent incident, Noel Whelan believes he could be expendable, he told Football Insider:
“We know there’s been fractious times between Aurier and Mourinho, we know that he’s been on the cards for a transfer anyway. I think this has just sealed it for him if the rumours are true.”
Indeed, with Spurs’ sights seemingly set on Aarons, it could be a wise decision that allows Mourinho to finally axe his inconsistent defender.
The Canaries’ youth prodigy is a raw talent with bags of potential, but as we’ve seen with Joe Rodon, the Spurs boss isn’t afraid to trust him despite his own mistakes.
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, Aarons has been lauded as a “special player” with an “unbelievable future” by Daniel Farke. He’s the only Norwich player to start and feature the full 90 in all 26 of their league outings this term.
Even though he’s played 100% of minutes, he ranks last for fouls per 90 minutes too (0.6), which would suggest he’s a far more reliable option than Aurier, who commits 1.5 fouls per 90 on average this term, via WhoScored.
Daniel Levy must enable Mourinho to finally axe Aurier through the signing of Aarons.