Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier may have finally fully matured for the Lilywhites.
The Ivorian has had a reputation for being a bit rash during his playing career, and last term he worried fans with his conduct on the pitch.
The former Paris Saint-Germain player picked up a red card on his first Premier League start last season against West Ham United, and there were fears Spurs had purchased a player with a genuine discipline problem.
But this term Aurier appears to have mellowed. He has been more professional and although he still makes mistakes, they are now just honest ones.
After just 10 minutes against Dortmund, Aurier was shown a yellow card for cynically pulling Christian Pulisic’s shirt as the American threatened to scamper away down the wing.
A new found maturity
Such an early booking had many Spurs supporters feeling nervous for the rest of the game, given Aurier’s previous reputation for being rash.
The Ivorian was required to deal with Pulisic for the rest of the game whilst cautioned, and to his credit he performed solidly. He wasn’t Tottenham’s best player, but he was steady.
The defender of last season might well have seen red, but something has clicked with Aurier in 2018/19.
Aware of his situation, he wasn’t tempted to lunge in on anyone and turned in a solid display in the second half.
That maturity was the basis on which he thrived, and he then laid on a perfect cross for Jan Vertonghen to score, before Fernando Llorente wrapped up the points.