In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former England midfielder Carlton Palmer has warned Tottenham Hotspur to not rush into a contract decision over Serge Aurier despite taking his game to a new level.
According to Football Insider earlier this month, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is planning to hand fresh terms to the 27-year-old after an impressive turnaround in form this season.
It is claimed that the tough-negotiating chief would like to resolve his future before he enters the final 12 months of his deal next year, in order to not suffer a similar situation to Christian Eriksen.
In the summer, the Ivorian right-back very nearly left the club with Bayer Leverkusen and AC Milan keen on his services following the £15m arrival of Matt Doherty.
But under Jose Mourinho, Aurier has quickly established himself as the first-choice in the Premier League.
Speaking to FFC, Palmer revealed his worry about improving the former PSG star’s £120k-per-week wages on the basis of just four to five months of positive performances.
“I think it’s too early myself. I think that there’s no panic to be giving anybody a new deal. If you’re Spurs at the moment – and they’re flying high and doing as well as they are – you just keep the players being hungry, and at the right time, then you give them the contract.
“You’ve got to be very careful because you can dive in, depending on the player, as soon as you improve his wages, sometimes you put them back in the comfort zone.
“You see we’re a bit too quick in the UK, not just in football but everything – somebody shines and all of a sudden, they’re the best thing since sliced bread, and then they don’t do so well and we’re all of a sudden knocking them down.
“I’d like to see [Aurier] do that for another two or three seasons before we talk about [a new deal]. I do think he has taken his game to another level, but I’d like to see him do it for two or three seasons about how great he is.”
Indeed it has been quite the revival for Aurier.
Maybe Palmer is right, Levy and co should wait to see if the 27-year-old can keep this up going into 2021 first.
AND in other news, Levy could find Mourinho’s next IBRA in “tireless” 6 foot 6 workhorse…