Tottenham Hotspur star Serge Aurier may have surprisingly found himself on the scoresheet up at Bramall Lane this afternoon, but he was still disappointing on the whole.
Jose Mourinho’s side romped to a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United to move back into a top-four place in the Premier League with Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele also grabbing goals apiece.
The Ivorian right-back headed home a Heung-min Son corner inside the opening five minutes, though when delving into the numbers, they may tell a different story as to how he performed.
In the past, Aurier has often been lambasted as a “liability” and had his defending described as a “madness,” and we saw small glimpses of that in a performance that’ll have had Jose Mourinho feeling more angry than pleased.
The 28-year-old was particularly wasteful in possession with the few touches (53) he had as he lost the ball a total of 14 times, meaning he handed it back to the Blades once every four times he had it, via SofaScore.
By comparison, Eric Dier lost possession more times (16) but as he recorded a whopping 97 touches, it meant he only lost the ball once every six touches, which is far better than Aurier.
The Englishman took a lot of flak on Twitter because of his display – after all, Spurs did let the Premier League’s rock-bottom side score an easy goal in the second half.
However, Aurier was far worse and was rather lucky that his defending didn’t cost his side more. Indeed, he was the only Spurs player who recorded an error that led to a shot – had the attempt been better, then that could’ve quite easily been another goal.
The £18m-rated defender, who earns a reported £120k-per-week in N17, also recorded the joint-fewest clearances (two) and tackles (one) of any visiting defender, meaning he wasn’t strong defensively, especially as he’s averaged a massive 3.3 tackles and 2.9 clearances per game this term, per WhoScored.
SofaScore also graded Aurier (6.9) a lower rating than Dier (7.1), which only further proves that he was the more suspect of the two players.
The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick was particularly scathing over his crossing too, he wrote in his post-match ratings: “His crossing, which was so good against Fulham, was inconsistent.”
Indeed, Aurier made only 71% of his passes and also failed to pull of a single successful dribble, thus finding it hard to contribute further up the field.
He might well have scored the opener, but aside from that, the former PSG man was ineffective in a display that ultimately let Mourinho down.