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Tottenham seeing why Joao Cancelo would have been better than Serge Aurier

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Tottenham seeing why Joao Cancelo would have been better than Serge Aurier

Back in the summer of 2017, Tottenham were said to be fighting with Juventus for Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo, according to Goal. In the end, the Portugal international joined the Italian giants and Spurs turned to Serge Aurier.

However, the progress of both men over the last 18 months has proven why Cancelo would have been a far better addition to the Tottenham squad as he has gone on to become one of the best full-backs in the world.

Aurier meanwhile has had spells of good form but has never reached the kind of quality that Cancelo is now producing for the Serie A leaders on a weekly basis.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Serge Aurier of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Finances may have been an issue given that Cancelo cost Juventus £12 million more than Aurier cost Tottenham and may have demanded higher wages on top, but he has given return on investment with his quality of performance and is also a year younger.


Strong in attack and defence, he has become consistent and reliable in Turin and shown all of the hallmarks that have let Aurier down in north London with ill-discipline and inconsistency seeing him lose his spot in the team at times.

Mauricio Pochettino has kept faith with Aurier, but when he tunes into Italian football he must be left pondering what could have been had Cancelo chosen the Premier League over Juventus.

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