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Serge Aurier delivered another fantastic performance for Tottenham Hotspur this week, completing what has been a huge change in form.
The 27-year-old has endured a very, very tough year.
During the UK’s first lockdown in 2020, the Ivory Coast right-back had to be disciplined for perpetually breaking government rules and guidelines, then tragically lost his brother amid the Premier League resumption.
Throughout the summer, he was a player who was constantly linked to a North London outing. It was certainly hard to imagine him staying after President Daniel Levy signed a £ 15 million move by Matt Doherty.
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Sometimes, under Mauricio Pochettino, Aurier used to be publicly criticized by experts: Darren Bent nicknamed him a “responsibility”, while Chris Waddle once reclaimed his “choices are sometimes terrible” and that “a dire mistake is never far away.”
Even José Mourinho admitted that he was afraid of his defense during the documentary series ‘Todo o nada’ by Amazon, via Goal.com.
However, since the summer months, Aurier has turned his career around in the N17, so much so that he becomes the Portuguese’s first option as a right back, usurping the aforementioned summer signing.
Statistically his numbers have skyrocketed as well and this is where Mourinho deserves great credit and praise for turning a major failure of Pochettino into one of the most prominent artists of the highest category.
In terms of innings, Aurier has gone from an average of 2.8 per game last season to a whopping 4.1 per game this period, while the average of punts the 66-cap dynamo has increased by 1.1 per output as well, through Who scored.
Former gunner Ian Wright pointed this out in a recent podcast appearance, he said, “Even when you look at Aurier the other day, he seems like a different kind of player.”
Again on Wednesday night we got a glimpse of this, even as Spurs fell in defeat against defending champion Liverpool.
Has transformed so much that reports have arisen over a contract extension.
While we believe that January is now a perfect time to cash in on Aurier (its value will no doubt have increased since the summer), its vast improvement should not go unnoticed.
And in other news, surely Mourinho embarrassed by the 27-year-old display vs LFC …