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Spurs ace Aurier continues recent improvement

Serge Aurier continued his recent improvement at Tottenham Hotspur with another solid display on Saturday.

On the chalkboard

Spurs drew 0-0 with Watford at Vicarage Road, their first clean sheet on the road since January 2018.

And Aurier played a major role in their fine defensive display.

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Per WhoScored, Aurier had 102 touches of the ball throughout the 90 minutes, more than any other player on the pitch.

And he was effective in his use of the ball, too; completing 80% of his passes, while also laying on two key passes.

Aurier also completed four dribbles, the joint-highest of any Spurs player along with Son Heung-Min, won four aerial duels, three tackles, made two clearances and two interceptions.

While he was dribbled past on three occasions, this was a top performance from the full-back who appears to be only getting better.

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Steady improvement

Since Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Spurs boss, Aurier has been roundly excellent in the league.

He has averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.5 under the Portuguese across 11 games, reaching a zenith of 8.2 against West Ham United, while his lowest rating came versus Wolves with a 6.78.

Under Mauricio Pochettino, in his first seven appearances in the league, Aurier averaged a rating of 6.8.

It speaks to a show of faith by Mourinho and an improvement in the discipline of the player.

As Spurs look to claw their way back into contention for a top-four spot, they need more players to follow Aurier’s lead.

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