Former Tottenham striker, Darren Bent has admitted that he has been surprised by how well Serge Aurier has played so far this season.
When Matt Doherty arrived through the door at Spurs a few months ago, it looked as if Aurier’s days at the club would be numbered.
The right-back was heavily linked with a move away from North London when the European transfer window was open (Sky Sports) but he ended up staying at the club.
With Tottenham having a busy schedule in the first few weeks of the campaign, the Ivory Coast international has been handed a few opportunities to stake his claim for the right-back slot and has certainly not disappointed.
After impressive displays against Shkendija in the Europa League qualifiers and Chelsea in the fourth round of the League Cup, Jose Mourinho gave Aurier the nod to start at Old Trafford two weeks ago.
The 27-year-old hardly put a foot wrong against United as he kept Marcus Rashford quiet and was a constant threat going forward, ending the game with a goal and an assist to his name.
When asked about Aurier, Bent told Football Insider: “I spoke about it last season so many times about how many goals he costs Spurs with his positional sense.
“He’s come back this season and to be fair I think he’s done alright, he’s done OK. He’s scored a couple of goals, he’s been quite solid.
“We know that he’s got all the attributes. I thought against United he was very good, he defended well, got forward and got a good goal.
“Mourinho for whatever reason is getting the right tune out of some of these players that maybe we thought weren’t good enough.
“He’s gone ‘you know what, I quite like them, they fit into my system very, very well’.
“So you’ve got to take your hat off to Mourinho, Serge Aurier has been doing very, very well and was superb against United.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I was surprised to see how many Spurs fans on social media could not wait to see the back of Aurier after we bought Doherty in. The reality is that we are going to need two players in every position if we are going to take all competitions seriously. I expect Aurier to play a massive role if we are going to go far in the League Cup, Europa League and the FA Cup.
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