Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier have been rotated as Tottenham right-backs so far this season but is it time for Mauricio Pochettino to stick with one?
The 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend was Tottenham Hotspur’s fifth Premier League loss of the season so far with 18 matches played.
Last term their entire total for the top flight campaign was four.
It is a result that leaves them seventh in the table behind Burnley and manager Mauricio Pochettino has some serious issues to address to get the team back into form.
One problem is at right-back, with new signing Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier having regularly rotated just as Kyle Walker and Trippier did before the former’s summer switch to City.
Unfortunately while that proved successful in 2016/17, so far this term it has not with neither full-back showing any consistent form.
Therefore is it time for Pochettino to change his tactic in the position and start to give either Aurier or Trippier a run of games to try and improve their performances?
The Argentine has been greatly credited for his tactical astuteness since taking charge at Spurs back in 2014, but when things aren’t all going to plan showing flexibility – and admitting they may have got something wrong – can often be one of the most difficult things for coaches to do.