Spurs fans would have been forgiven for thinking that they had seen the back of Serge Aurier’s reckless defending after his vast improvements this season.
Despite the Lilywhites shelling out for a new right-back in the summer transfer window in the form of Matt Doherty, Aurier has upped his performance levels and claimed the first-choice right-back slot as his own.
A mixture of consistent and strong defending, as well as potent attacking and creativity, Aurier had been one of the success stories of the 2020/21 Tottenham season.
However, the Ivorian showed shades of his old self this afternoon against Leicester when he single-handedly handed the visitors a goal from nothing on the stroke of half-time.
With Fofana facing away from goal in the corner of the box and going nowhere, Aurier came hurtling in and crashed into the defender’s back, sending him down for a stonewall penalty. Some Spurs fans were understandably frustrated on Twitter at half-time.
Can someone please get Aurier out of the club, absolute liability.
— EdwardCoomber (@readingrebel) December 20, 2020
Somebody should teach him how to cross a ball without hitting the 1st defender too
— Phil (@cosracer) December 20, 2020
Get Doherty in
— Irish M (@Irish_M14) December 20, 2020
I wonder who gave that away !!!! Assume Doherty is injured as he keeps playing this clown!
— Lee Simpson (@LeeSimp69810388) December 20, 2020
And this is why I'll never back Aurier to be a starter for us. The man can go as many matches in great form as he wants, but you just know at some point he'll do something brainless. Tiger don't change his spots. Mou deserves this for sticking with him over Doherty.
— Dwayne Pereira (@PereiraDwayne) December 20, 2020
Aurier has conceded Tottenham every single time he has played. Foolish fouls either around the box or in the box. How many more times he has to do this to prove he is not a reliable right defender?!
— Farzad Vafajoo (@FarzadVafajoo) December 20, 2020
All we want for Christmas is a right back we can rely on! In a tight game you just can’t keep on giving away penalties and free kicks. WHEN will he learn? Please get him out in January unless we just want to surrender again!
— Tony Silver (@TonySilverIFA) December 20, 2020
That is vintage Aurier and why I prefer Doherty. He doesn't appear to be anywhere near as reckless as Aurier. There was literally not a single reason in the world that was needed with his back away from goal
— Matt (@msegs13) December 20, 2020
Aurier has been rightly lauded recently for his form, but fanboys have been pretending like the criticism of him was wrong and undeserved.
Lets hear them now, that is an absolutely moronic challenge
— No Seconds Troy (@snoopsheep) December 20, 2020
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