Danny Mills believes Tottenham Hotspur could look towards the Championship to sign a replacement should serge Serge Aurier leave the club in the summer.
Aurier has had somewhat of a rollercoaster season so far, with the right-back initially seeing off competition from Matt Doherty to remain as first-choice and putting in consistent displays at the start of the campaign.
However, some errors started to creep into the Ivorian’s game and he even reportedly had a falling out with Jose Mourinho back in January.
Although the 28-year-old appears to have put his issues with the Spurs boss behind him, reports indicate that the Portuguese has decided to move on the former Paris Saint-Germain star at the end of the season as he considers him to be ‘uncoachable’.
Doherty has shown some signs of improvement recently after a difficult start to his Spurs career and Mourinho even singled out the defender for praise after his performance in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
While Mourinho has also used Japhet Tangaga at right-back in some big matches including away games against Manchester City and West Ham, Mills believes that the North Londoners will look to sign a young right-back in the summer who can compete with Doherty.
When asked if Tottenham will be signing a replacement for Aurier if he leaves at the end of the season, the former Leeds United full-back told Football Insider: “Yes, definitely, without a doubt.
“They’ll be looking at somebody to find. You’ve always got to have back up and you’ve also got to have competition for places which is vitally important.
“If you let someone go they’re might be a youngster coming through the system or they pull someone from the Championship or abroad, wherever that might be.
“They’ll certainly have to find back up if not competition.”
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There are some very good young English right-backs making waves over the last year or two including the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Matty Cash and Max Aarons. Given our issues with fulfilling the homegrown players rule, we should be looking to snap up one of those three in the summer.
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