Pundit and former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks remain is disbelief that Mauricio Pochettino is continuing to play right-back Serge Aurier – a play he describes as “rash” and “unreliable”.

The Ivory Coast international has continuously come under scrutiny ever since he joined from PSG back in August 2016 for a number of defensive errors – no more so than in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, when Aurier clumsily fouled Sadio Mane late in the second-half and conceded a penalty which led to the Mohammed Salah’s winner.

It’s not the first time Aurier has let his team-mates down in recent weeks. The 26-year-old was sent off before half-time after receiving two bookings in quick succession which led to him being sent off in the victory over Southampton last month before producing a horror display in Tottenham’s humiliation against Bayern Munich four days later.

And Crooks, who scored 75 goals in five seasons at Tottenham during the 1980s, can’t believe that he continues to start for the club.

“As for Spurs, when are they going to learn that Serge Aurier, as good a player as he can be on occasions, cannot be trusted? He is rash and unreliable,” Crooks told the BBC Sport, when revealing his team of the week.



  1. Everyone is in disbelief at Pocc’s suicidal team selections;if they haven’t yet realised that this is the act of a madman, then they are blind.

  2. I really dont see the big deal about the penalty. Opposing players stick their feet across the defender while he is in full motion to swing at the ball. The rule should change to protect the defenders. If offensive player initiates contact while the defender is in a vulnerable position
    It should deemed an offensive foul.


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