Opinion: Serge Aurier – A long-term solution or a flash in the pan?

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I have never been a fan of Serge Aurier since his arrival in North London. In fact, I have been one of his biggest critics over the past couple of seasons.

Under Pochettino, I thought that Aurier lacked the necessary footballing and defensive brain to carry out the right-back role efficiently and consistently.

He was often too rash in his challenges, got caught too far up the pitch, picked up silly yellow and red cards, and gave away unnecessary fouls, including penalties.

However, over the past two games under Mourinho, Aurier looks to be turning a corner in a Spurs shirt. He assisted a goal for Kane against West Ham, before setting up another and scoring one himself last night against Olympiacos.

Not only this, but the Ivorian has looked solid defensively in both matches too, something which has not been apparent for the majority of his Spurs career.

Ever since the resurgence of Moussa Sissoko, I am always reluctant to say that a player cannot turn a new leaf at Spurs.

Having said this, I just can’t see this Aurier form lasting. In my opinion, he is putting on a show for the new gaffer, but will quickly fade into the Aurier we know as soon as he gets a bit bored.

I believe that Serge is enough to get Spurs through this season, but I want to see the club invest in Youcef Atal or Max Aarons in the summer. If they can get one in January, even better, but I doubt it.

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