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Serge Aurier wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer for two reasons, according to the Athletic.

The right-back has been a regular starter for Spurs of late but remains a divisive figure, and there have been calls for Kyle Walker-Peters to return to the starting line-up after Aurier’s latest mistake against Liverpool.

The fact that Walker-Peters isn’t playing perhaps shows why Mauricio Pochettino was keen to keep hold of Aurier in the summer. After Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid, the club did not sign a replacement and Pochettino clearly didn’t want to be left with Walker-Peters as his only option.

Had Tottenham replaced Trippier, it’s likely Aurier would have left, something he wanted to do for two reasons.

For one, the Athletic claims Aurier was frustrated to see the out-of-form Trippier starting ahead of him last season. And secondly, the Ivorian is said to have ‘grown tired of the demands placed on him’ by Pochettino.

It’s strange, then, that he didn’t push harder for a transfer. Perhaps he knew he would get more regular game time after Trippier’s exit. It will be interesting to see if Tottenham look to sell and replace Aurier in January.

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  1. v everton it would be good to see a back line of foyth, sanchez, toby and davies
    midfield of celso , sissoko, winks and sessignon
    up front moura and son

    give harry a rest before champions league match

  2. Even an out of form Trippier was miles better than playing Aurier!
    Whose bright idea was it, anyway, to sell Trippier and NOT Aurier last summer?
    Trippier’s pedigree was known (everybody could see what a top right back he was) and a
    loss of form over one season did not mean a loss of permanent ‘class’.
    Aurier, on the other hand, looked a ‘disaster’ (and has proved it on many occasions since) from when
    he first arrived! PSG must have been laughing when we went in for him at £23m! Their 3rd choice
    right back and, at 25 back then, it would have taken more than Poch’s miraculous workings to
    improve him. He’s now 27, hasn’t improved, and what really IS ridiculous (yes Levy, you’re
    supposed to be smart in these dealings) is that we got less from Atletico Madrid for Trippier,
    than what WE paid for Aurier!!!
    If anything, that right flank position of full or wing backs (once great for us with Walker/Trippier alternating) is now a bloody mess, and costing the team hugely! KWP is no answer either. He’s been given time and opportunities to Improve, but hasn’t. Too lightweight, and even on a good day, he is not the answer for a team with continuous top four and CL expectations.

  3. Stevie Wonder would be a better right back than this guy, another adebayor full of self importance and no work ethic. Too busy posing than putting in effort. Get rid and whoever is making decisions to buy junk like this should go too. Amongst one of the worst players to grace a spurs shirt.

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