Ledley King has praised Serge Aurier for making himself available for the clash against Newcastle United despite the death of his brother just two days before.
The right-back’s sibling, Christopher Aurier, was shot outside a nightclub in Toulouse on Monday, hours after the former PSG man had helped Tottenham to a 2-1 victory in the North London Derby (Sky Sports).
Despite the tragedy, Aurier started for Spurs at St James’ Park and played all ninety minutes in a 3-1 win for the Lilywhites.
Jose Mourinho admitted before the game that he was prepared to give the defender compassionate leave until the end of the season if he wanted and that it was the 27-year-old’s decision over whether he could feature (Mirror).
Aurier has come under some criticism for some of his recent performances but to show the mental strength to start despite the pain he must have been going through was certainly commendable.
King felt that it showed how committed Aurier is to his teammates and the club.
Here’s what the legendary Spurs defender tweeted:
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) July 15, 2020
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There is no doubt that Aurier earned many fans’ respect by showing the mental strength that he did yesterday to make himself available for the game. Jose obviously thought he was in the state of mind to play and the Spurs boss was proven right as his performance was pretty solid.
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