Right back is one area where Tottenham have had a lot of uncertainty so far this season. Kieran Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid in the summer, while Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters recovering from injury, with the latter now having rejoined first team training.
Serge Aurier was handed his first start of the season by Pochettino, which came as a bit of a surprise after the Ivorian’s comments on international duty. The 26-year-old insisted that he didn’t have any competition at right back at Spurs, a comment could be seen as disrespectful to Walker-Peters (Bal des Productions).
When asked about Aurier’s statement in mid week, Pochettino told Football.London after the match, “No, I did not see those quotes. No, I didn’t see but you know, if when I talk with him it’s always clear. I didn’t see though.”
Aurier put in a fantastic display as he proved a menace for the Palace defence all game. He got his rewards for his effort as he bagged two assists with one of his crosses deflecting into the back of the net.
While Pochettino admitted to having been pleased with Aurier’s display, he warned the defender that he needed to continue showing the same intensity in the upcoming matches.
He added, “I think he was very happy. We were very happy too. I think the performance was great.
“First half was fantastic, his concentration and focus. Now he needs to show and be consistent. It’s not only one game and the second game the focus and intensity start to drop.
“That is the key in our team, not only him but all the players. All the players need to be consistent and understand that every time we are going to compete we have to give our best.
“Give like a collective our best and for sure we have the quality to beat any team.”
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When he is fit and has his head in the right place, Aurier is still arguably the best full back at the club this moment. While he has shown glimpses of quality in a Spurs shirt, fans haven’t really seen the best of the full back so far. This could be the season that we finally see him living up to his potential.
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