Mauricio Pochettino has told Serge Aurier to wait for his opportunity to play more first-team football for Tottenham this season.
Aurier, who joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, started in the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on the opening weekend but was back on the bench for Saturday’s 3-1 win against Fulham at Wembley.
Fresh from a fine World Cup campaign, Kieran Trippier returned to the side at the weekend and scored a brilliant free-kick at a crucial stage in the game, increasing his chances of staying in the team for the trip to Manchester United on Bank Holiday Monday.
But although Aurier is likely to play second fiddle to Trippier for much of the campaign, Pochettino has told the Ivorian to be patient in his quest for first-team action.
“It’s not easy but I said before, it’s difficult because at full-back we have young players, but yes, sometimes you need to take decisions and I am happy with the squad,” Pochettino said (via football.london).
“We feel to perform and keep the same level you need players that need to wait for their opportunity.
“There are a lot of games to play and the Premier League is so competitive, injuries, tiredness, if you compete in the Champions League and cups, I think international games too it’s important to have a competitive squad.”
Trippier and Ben Davies have enjoyed quite a change of fortunes during their Tottenham careers. Once considered backup options, they are now debatably the team’s strongest options at full-back.
Danny Rose and Aurier will have to work hard this term if they are to get back into Pochettino’s preferred starting line-up.