Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has finally responded to harsh criticism from former Manchester United player Roy Keane.
Following Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in October, Keane was appearing as part of Sky Sports’ punditry panel and did not hold back with his assessment of the Ivorian’s performance.
Keane described Aurier and fellow full-back Danny Rose as “dumb and dumber” after they failed to deliver on the field (Sky Sports).
Aurier was guilty of conceding a penalty in the 75th minute of the match while the score was level at 1-1 which Mo Salah converted in front of the Kop.
The 27-year-old has a reputation of being a liability with Gary Neville having described his defensive capabilities as a mess (Sky Sports).
He has now hit back at Keane’s criticism by claiming that former professionals who have gone into the media and aim such heavy criticism of players do not warrant a reply.
“I didn’t even want to answer that. The players who have finished their careers, who go on television and who dare to speak badly of the players, for me, these are not people who must be answered,” Aurier told France Football.
“When you were a player and the journalists spoke about you, you took it badly because you had a family … You can afford to give your opinion. But, there, for me, he forgot that he had been a player.”
Aurier and Rose were both diabolical in the defeat at Anfield and since Mourinho’s arrival, the former PSG player has gone on to be a regular under the Portuguese.
He still shows moments of madness with his decision making which makes me think that he is certainly not the option as a long-term option as first-choice right-back.
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