Ex-defender claims Poch must make a first choice positional decision

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham had an extremely busy transfer window with several incoming and outgoings through the summer.

While Spurs managed to bring in some of the biggest talents in European football, they also cleared out a lot of players who were presumably deemed surplus to requirements.

The only first-team regular that left the club over the summer was Kieran Tripper. However, Spurs opted not to sign a replacement for the England man with Pochettino seemingly content with his options which include Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Serge Aurier.

Foyth picked up an injury in pre-season which meant that Pochettino handed the starting berth to Kyle Walker-Peters in the first three games of the season.

Aurier got his first start of the campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday and put in a brilliant display to stake his claim for the position.

The former PSG man was a threat down the right side of the pitch and registered an assist whilst also seeing his cross deflected into the back of the net.

However, former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has insisted that right back remains Pochettino’s biggest issue as he is unsure who his first choice is for the position.

The 42-year-old implored the Argentine to make his pick between Aurier and Walker-Peters and give that player a consistent run of games.

Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said, “The big issue that Tottenham do have is that they don’t have a number one right-back. They don’t have a number one number two, if that makes sense. We’re not quite sure who that is obviously after Kieran Trippier has left.

“They’ve got to get through the next month or so, give Walker-Peters or Aurier a run of games – Sanchez played there, out of position, which isn’t ideal, a centre-half at right-back is never the best option in the world.

“They need to settle down over the next month and (Pochettino needs to) say to one of them: ‘Right, you’re playing, this is your position for the next three or four games,’ and give that player a chance to settle down, rather than him being on edge like: ‘If I have half a bad game, I might be out.'”

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It is worth remembering that Aurier was injured for a considerable amount of time last season and never got the chance to make a consistent impression. The 26-year-old certainly showed his qualities on Saturday and if he can stay fit, I believe we will finally start to see the best of the full-back in a Spurs shirt.

Mills’ failure to name Foyth as an option  is a huge oversight.  The Argentine played the position superbly against Manchester City towards the end of last season.

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