Gabriel Agbonlahor believes that signing a top quality right-back should be Tottenham Hotspur’s number one priority in the summer transfer window.
Serge Aurier has been the first choice at right-back for Spurs for the majority of the season. The Ivorian made a solid start to the campaign, keeping summer signing Matt Doherty out of the starting eleven but his form has subsequently suffered a slight dip.
Doherty has been getting a run of games in the side over recent weeks due to Aurier’s fitness issues and the former Wolves man is showing some signs of improvement after a difficult start to his Tottenham career.
Jose Mourinho described the Republic of Ireland international’s performance in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday as ‘impeccable and the 29-year-old admitted that he now feels as though he has turned a corner.
Reports indicate that Aurier could be on his way out of Tottenham in the summer transfer window, with the defender set to run into the final year of his deal at the end of the season.
Agbonlahor admitted that he is not convinced by either Aurier or Doherty and believes that Spurs are in desperate need of a new right-back in the summer.
The former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider: “That’s the position.
“I think they’re going to really struggle, Spurs. It might cost them in Europe and the top four.
“I do like Doherty but he’s a player you play in certain games, for me, he’s not the player you play against the big boys where you’re going to get tested. The game at the weekend was the perfect game for him to play, he wasn’t really tested.
“Aurier is not great defensively, he’s ok going forward. That’s the number one position I feel Jose Mourinho will be looking at improving on.
“If he can bring in a top, top right-back, you’ve already got a top left-back and improve the centre-halves. Then you’re not far off.
“You look at the front players, you look at the two midfield players, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele. Spurs aren’t far off fighting for top two, top three. But right-back is a big position.”
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There is no doubt that we need to sign a new right-back in the summer. I expect one of either Aurier or Doherty to leave and I suspect it could be the Ivorian who makes way. However, it is clear that the number one area that we need to address is centre-back.
Despite Davinson Sanchez’s and Toby Alderweireld’s resurgence in form over the last few games, the Colombian has shown time and again that he has mistakes in him while the Belgian’s legs and sharpness appear to have gone.
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