It has to be said that over the course of the season thus far, a considerable improvement has been seen from Serge Aurier at right-back.
The Ivorian has made nine Premier League appearances (TransferMarkt) so far this season despite Tottenham having spent money on Matt Doherty in the summer to provide competition.
The right-back was hit with tragic news back in July, towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign after his brother, Christopher was fatally shot at a French night club (BBC).
It was heartbreaking news for Serge and his family, yet his response to such tragedy has been incredible.
Aurier showed incredible bravery back when the news first emerged when Spurs’ number 24 played just days after his brother’s death in a 3-1 win away at Newcastle.
It was revealed at the time that Aurier had in fact asked Jose Mourinho to play in the match (INews), a sign of the mentality that the Ivory Coast captain brings to the North London club.
He said: “My brother was my first fan.
“Whenever I played any game, he would always send me a message telling me that I had a good game or when I played badly, he didn’t care about the haters or what people said.
“He always gave me good energy. I lost my partner and now I have to live with that. It is not easy.
“It was a very, very difficult time for me and my family – we stayed a long time in a bad energy.
“Last season, I had that bad feeling and so, this year, I want to give everything for my family, especially for my mum because she has been in this painful period for a long time -the last five months.
“Whenever I play, I want to give good energy, to play well for me, for my family but also for my brother. When I am on the pitch, I give everything for the team. It is only then, when I am playing or when I am in training, that I can forget everything.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Such quotes are a true reflection of the energy that Aurier brings to the pitch. He has earned the respect of the Spurs faithful over the past few months and continues to give his all for the club. Long may it continue.
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