Aurier: Spurs’ best call from Paratici yet?
A new era is underway at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And it couldn’t have started off better, with the north London side currently leading the undefeated Premier League table without conceding a single goal in their opening three league games.
It’s fair to suggest that Nuno Santo’s appointment as head coach has so far been a huge success, but of course there is still plenty of time to play.
He wasn’t the only change at the club, however.
Spurs have appointed their first sporting director since 2015 in Fabio Paratici and he deserves a lot of credit for his instant impact at the club.
The Italian supremo, who won 19 trophies during his time at Juventus in a similar role and was responsible for the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, managed to get past a lot of deadwood, including injury-prone Erik Lamela , as well as regressing veterans Toby Alderweireld and Moussa Sissoko.
Paratici has also worked magic on the transfer market, signature some future players with Pape Matar Sarr and Byran Gil, while improving the first team with the arrival of the duo Atalanta Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero on loan and Emerson Royal from Barcelona as well.
Not to mention the fact that he managed to keep the Harry Kane talismanic.
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However, it is his decision on the deadline day that might turn out to be the best of all after he has canceled the contract of long-standing Serge Aurier, who had clearly slipped in the hierarchy under the Portuguese boss.
If he had stayed at the club now, Spurs would have four right-back options and he would preferably sit at the bottom of the ladder – and that’s understandable.
The £ 18million star told the French publication The team of his intentions to leave the N17 at the end of May but without any club being willing to try his luck, he had to be released from his contract.
“Everyone knows that if I wanted to extend my contract at Tottenham I would have done it already,” said Aurier. “I’m not going to do this in six months. I have experienced the Premier League and a Champions League final. I have reached the end of a cycle and it is time to look elsewhere.
Not only are Spurs now saving a lot of money on their payroll, but they’re also getting rid of a player who has often been lambasted and tainted with controversy.
The Lilywhites’ loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final saw Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher become the latest name to come out on top in the 28-year-old’s ability.
“Aurier is perhaps one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football and is a player who could perhaps dissuade you from management with the amount of crazy decisions he makes,” he said , via talkSPORT.
This only adds to other scathing reviews of his performances over the years since arriving in a £ 23 million Paris Saint-Germain contract in August 2017.
Another Sky Sports member Roy Keane has previously called Aurier a “car accident” and suggested he was a “huge problem” for Spurs. He said (via Daily Football): “He has a pike in him. He caused a lot of trouble. I described it as a car accident. Nice powerful boy, keep moving forward, but defensively I think he doesn’t sense the danger or see the danger. And that has been a huge problem for Spurs, the right-back position.
Based on the above evidence, Paratici made a blinding appeal to offload the right-back. It can now be someone else’s problem as Spurs move on with Emerson and co this season.
AND in other news, Spurs dealt a ‘frustrating’ injury blow ahead of the Premier League return …