Serge Aurier is reportedly one of several players up for sale at Tottenham Hotspur this summer…
According to the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel, Spurs will have to sell before they can buy in the upcoming transfer window. As a result, the future of the Ivorian right-back, among others, is in serious doubt.
It is further claimed that the north London outfit will look to offload as many as six players, with the likes of Danny Rose, Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth all mentioned. Harry Winks and Dele Alli’s stays could be decided by whether or not Daniel Levy sacks Jose Mourinho.
The report comes at an interesting time as, only a few days earlier, Spurs were hammered 3-1 by Manchester United to all but end their hopes of reaching the top four in the Premier League.
After a five-game absence, in which he made the bench just once, Aurier was finally trusted to start the match and it ended in disaster.
Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane was particularly scathing in the aftermath of the encounter, telling the Super Sunday audience (via Football Daily):
“He’s got a rick in him. He has caused loads of problems. I have described him as a bit of a car crash. Nice powerful boy, keeps going forward, but defensively I think he doesn’t smell danger or see the danger. And that’s been a huge problem for Spurs, the right-back position.”
Micah Richards went on to suggest that the right-back was “lazy” and it’s costing them as he is simply not tracking back to help out.
This merely echoes the warning from former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who in October 2019 dubbed the Ivory Coast international a “liability” – it’s clear to see on the above reviews that things simply haven’t changed whatsoever.
On Sunday, Aurier (6.3) was graded as Mourinho’s worst player as per SofaScore ratings, and it’s easy to see why as he was dribbled past three times Paul Pogba and co on that right flank. The 28-year-old was also at fault for Edison Cavani’s second goal in what was an absolutely shocking afternoon defensively.
Considering that the Ivorian is amongst the high-earners at the club, taking home a reported £120,000 per week – more than Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£65k per week), Sergio Reguilon (£80k -per week), and even Eric Dier (£85k per week) – he makes for an easy candidate to offload in the summer.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender has let Spurs down far too often after that latest showing, so it’s now certainly time to move him on in the summer. Levy has to get rid and take what he can, should any offers arrive.
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