“It looks as though he will move on” – Alan Hutton tips first-teamer to leave Spurs

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Alan Hutton
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Matt Doherty’s arrival at Tottenham Hotspur looks set to end Serge Aurier’s time in North London, according to former defender Alan Hutton.

Doherty followed in the footsteps of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart by becoming the club’s third signing of the summer after penning a four-year contract (Spurs official).

Spurs failed to sign a replacement for Kieran Tripper last summer after the England international joined Atletico Madrid.

Academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters also headed for pastures new earlier this summer after making a permanent move to Southampto following a successful loan spell on the south coast in January.

Jose Mourinho has been left with only the services of Serge Aurier as his senior right-back with the Ivorian still capable of moments of madness in and around his own penalty area.

Hutton believes that Aurier cannot be relied on consistently due to his inconsistent ways with Doherty representing a much more solid option.

He told Football Insider: “I don’t like just picking out Aurier – Spurs made silly, silly mistakes and yes, Aurier was a big part of that.

“I think it was more of a concentration thing than an ability thing because I think he’s got all the ability in the world, you just can’t count on him to be 100 per cent focused all the time and I think with Doherty, you’re getting that. 

Asked if he thought Spurs would now give the green light for the Ivorian to leave, Hutton said: “Yeah, I’d say so. Is it AC Milan that keep sniffing about him? Maybe he would suit that style of football a little bit better.

“It’s maybe not as quick, I think the Premier League is a real high-tempo whereas if you look at the Italian league it’s not so much so maybe that would suit him a little bit better.

“It looks as though he will move on because Doherty will be the starting full-back in my opinion.” 

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