Former Spurs striker Darren Bent has ripped into Serge Aurier for his inconstant displays and his poor decision making.
Aurier has developed a reputation for being a defensive liability since his arrival from PSG in the summer of 2017. He failed to establish himself in the side in the first couple of years and came close to a move away from the club last summer (Bal des Productions).
However, the Ivorian international’s fortunes have changed since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as he has played every single Premier League game and shown an improvement in his performance (transfermarkt).
His performance against Chelsea on Sunday was well below par much like the rest of the side. He was at fault for Chelsea’s opener as he gave away a needless corner and then failed to close Willian down quickly enough from the resulting set-piece.
Bent insisted that while the 27-year-old had all the attributes to be a top player, his decision making will always let the side down.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs striker said: “I know he’s played well since Mourinho came in but we know he’s got these kinds of performances in him.
“I think at times he flatters to deceive. He’s got all the attributes of being a good defender but his positional play, his game management, his decision making – for me you just can’t trust him on a full-time basis.
“I think that’s what’s killing them at the minute.”
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His rash decision making and suspect positional play is exactly why Mourinho has played him in a more advanced role which allows him to showcase his attacking attributes. However, I am not convinced that Aurier provides enough going forward either as he rarely gets past his man and his delivery is extremely inconsistent.
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