Tottenham Hotspur have finally found their new manager, just in time for pre-season.
Nuno Espirito Santo has been appointed on a two-year contract and he begins work next week as he looks to transform the north London outfit’s fortunes following a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.
When he gets into the office vacated by Jose Mourinho since mid-April, he’s likely to be faced with a mountain of problems.
The 47-year-old must get to work on a tactical system and he has to do so with several players missing on international duty. Then there are his likely transfer targets, incoming coaching staff and much, much more to consider.
That’s not to mention the biggest issue of them all, resolving the future of wantaway striker Harry Kane.
It’s also believed that the club are willing to listen to offers for several of their first team stars, in which Serge Aurier is thought to be one, as per the Evening Standard.
If Nuno is to stand a chance at improving the club, then he must look to offload the Ivory Coast right-back as early as possible. He has let Spurs down for years and should play no part in this new era.
Since joining in a £23m deal from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Aurier’s time in N17 has been marred by controversy off the pitch and shocking performances on it. For example, the £18m-rated star was fined for breaching the UK government’s lockdown regulations last year for the third time, whilst he’s publicly expressed his desire over leaving the club.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, his performances have often carried the tag of being a “liability.”
After Spurs suffered yet another final defeat, losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher slammed the 28-year-old as he said: “Aurier is maybe one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football and is a player who would possibly put you off management with the amount of crazy decision he makes.”
Considering that Aurier is also amongst the highest earners at Hotspur Way, reportedly raking in around £120,000 per week, it’s time for Nuno to show no mercy and move him on so that he has one less problem to deal with next season.