Serge Aurier has been frozen out at Tottenham Hotspur over the past few months but Mauricio Pochettino recalled him at the weekend. Aurier produced an excellent display against Crystal Palace and this was a timely reminder of his ability.
The Ivory Coast defender nearly left in the summer but a move never materialised. If he adds consistency to his game, Aurier could go from the verge of leaving Spurs to a crucial first-team player. Here’s why.
Masterclass at the weekend
Aurier’s performance against Crystal Palace showed that he is good enough. On his day, the attack-minded right-back can produce high-level performances in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old was a handful for the Palace defence all afternoon and he came up with two assists. The first was a cross which Patrick van Aanholt put into his own net and the second was an inch-perfect cross for Son Heung-Min.
With five interceptions (the most on the pitch), two tackles, one clearance and a passing rate of over 80 per cent (stats via Who Scored), Aurier demonstrated his skills at both ends. But he needs to replicate this performance every week now.
Aurier wants to stay
In the summer, Aurier wanted to leave Tottenham. But after playing his first game of the season, he has changed his mind. According to The London Evening Standard, Aurier has performed a U-turn on his desire to leave.
Of course, if a player is not playing, he will want to move away from the club. But now that he is back in the starting line-up, the onus is on Aurier to keep his spot in the side.
Aurier vs. Walker-Peters
Aurier’s competition for the starting right-back spot has decreased since last season. Last year, Kieran Trippier was the first-choice right-back but he is now at Atletico Madrid.
It is a straight battle between Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters now. Walker-Peters is currently out injured so Aurier needs to use this opportunity to make the spot his own. That can help him reignite his stalling career in North London.