Tottenham Hotspur’s Serge Aurier didn’t have a very good match against Liverpool, but he’s probably in hot water now for more than his bad defending. According to Matt Law in the Telegraph (£), Aurier left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium entirely after being substituted at halftime, and was not present to watch his team in the second half.
There’s not a lot of detail here. All we know is the fact that he left the stadium at halftime. The rest is pure conjecture, and frankly that’s where we get into the Rorschach test of Tottenham fandom.
If we take a generous reading of the situation, we don’t know exactly WHY he left or whether there was a reasonable explanation for his departure. Maybe there was. Maybe he left the iron on, or remembered he forgot to feed the cat. On the flip side, we also know that Serge had a bit of a horror show against Liverpool and was one of three players along with Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris directly culpable for Liverpool’s first goal, scored right at the cusp of halftime. It sure isn’t hard to imagine that tempers were likely a little short in the locker room down 1-0, and if Serge was unhappy enough with getting hooked for Harry Winks, it’s certainly possible that he’d storm off in anger.
But we don’t know. And we may not know until some of the dust settles, if it ever does. It sure would be something if we end up with Year Three Mourinho Syndrome among the Spurs players after just over a year, though, wouldn’t it?