Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho backed to replace first-team regular with new signing

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will soon sign a long-term replacement for Serge Aurier, reckons former Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor. Aurier has started 12 Premier League games so far this season despite the arrival of Republic of Ireland international Doherty.

Doherty has struggled to settle at Spurs since his £14.7million move from Wolves last summer.

Aurier was dropped by Mourinho for Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Brighton after reports claimed he left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at half time of the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool three days earlier.

The Ivory Coast international was reinstated into the starting XI against Chelsea on Thursday, as Spurs lost their third successive league match.

Agbonlahor does not rate the former Paris Saint-Germain star’s defensive abilities.

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And he reckons Mourinho will be keen to replace him at some point.

“In the Spurs documentary [Mourinho] says to [Aurier]: ‘I don’t like you on set pieces, you’re going to make a mistake’,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“Every time Aurier plays he seems to switch off. Whatever was said at half time was deserved because I thought he was dreadful in his defending against Liverpool.

“If he’s not taken that well I don’t blame Jose Mourinho for leaving him out.

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“I’m sure Jose Mourinho will be looking for a long-term replacement for Aurier.”

Meanwhile, some Spurs fans have called for Mourinho to lose his job following the defeat to Chelsea.

But ex-Tottenham star Gus Poyet believed the Portuguese should at least be given the chance to end the club’s 13-year wait for a trophy in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.

“Talking about Jose, I think the main thing for Jose is he’s already in a cup final,” Poyet told Stadium Astro.

“I think nothing will happen before that final. I don’t want to think that he’s under pressure because they want trophies, they’re in a final, and there’s still plenty of the season ahead.

“So I think it’s a slightly different situation with Frank Lampard, the amount of money that Chelsea spent in the summer.

“But you don’t know what is going on internally, so to comment on that would be unfair to Jose.

“But definitely the cup final helps, because that’s what they’re looking for, trophies.”

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