As one of the most active clubs on deadline day, Tottenham have added a quality full-back to their ranks after signing Serge Aurier from Paris Saint Germain.
The Ivorian joins on a five-year deal until 2022 for a reported fee of £23 million, according to BBC Sport. The transfer took until deadline day to complete after Aurier’s work permit application was complicated. The full-back was arrested for assaulting a police officer last year, as per BBC News.
However, the deal is now done and Aurier takes the number 24 shirt at Tottenham. Upon completing his move, the Ivorian said: “This is a fresh start for me. I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.”
He added: “The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
The 24-year-old becomes Spurs’ fourth signing of the summer, and he is slightly more well known than their last purchase, Juan Foyth from Estudiantes.
Yet, he is still relatively unknown to the UK audience. Here are three things you didn’t know about Tottenham’s Kyle Walker replacement, Serge Aurier.
He is Ligue 1’s most creative defender
That is, since the start of the 2012/13 season. Serge Aurier has recorded 19 assists over his past five seasons in France.
His creativity is an attribute that clearly caught PSG’s eye in 2014 as they brought him in from Toulouse, initially on a loan deal, only for them to buy him permanently a year later.
In his last season for the capital club, Aurier was their second most creative defender, despite only playing 22 games. The 24-year-old laid on 23 chances for his teammates, resulting in three assists, bettered only by Thomas Meunier.
The full-back is only the second Ivorian to play for Tottenham
Spurs have delved back into the African continent by bringing in Serge Aurier, and they have only ever had one Ivorian play for their club before.
Midfielder Didier Zokora played for Spurs for three years between 2006 and 2009, making 134 appearances for the London club. He won the League Cup during his spell at Tottenham, which was their last trophy.
Fans will be hoping that their second Ivorian brings trophy luck along with him, putting an end to a ten-year drought.
He won 11 major honours at PSG during his three seasons at the club
Aurier has featured in a highly successful PSG side over the last four seasons and, upon signing for Tottenham, he brings a real winner’s mentality to the club.
The right-back won Ligue 1 titles and domestic trophies at PSG, but he never lifted the Champions League. His time in England may not become as fruitful, but he will be hoping to add to his trophy cabinet with Spurs.