Tottenham Hotspur asserted their dominance in their first match back from the international break. Going into a clash against Manchester City is never viewed as an easy task for any team, but Jose Mourinho and his men had the last laugh as they emerged 2-0 winners last night.
Son Heung-min and substitute Giovani Lo Celso were on song to give Spurs the three points, which sees them leapfrog into first place in the Premier League table.
Tottenham as a whole put in a solid performance against the six-time league champions, with often overlooked players like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg receiving huge praise. However, one man who went a little under the radar with his display was stand-in right-back Serge Aurier.
With Matt Doherty currently self-isolating, Aurier has been given his chance to pile pressure on the summer signing by taking his place in Mourinho’s starting lineup. He certainly didn’t disappoint against City and was in fact Spurs’ best performing defender statistically.
According to Sofascore, the Ivorian contributed a solid four clearances and five tackles to keep the threat of Ferran Torres at bay. Aurier also won ten of his 14 attempted duels and completed 100% of his crosses.
At the moment, Spurs have just the two recognised senior right-backs in the 27-year-old and Doherty, who has made an immediate impact since joining the club from Wolves. But now, with Aurier proving he can put in important shifts against elite sides like Man City, Mourinho may decide to switch up his decisions to cater to different opponents.
Charlie Eccleshare recently predicted that having two in-competition right-backs is “exactly what Mourinho wants”, during an episode of The Athletic’s ‘The View from The Lane’ podcast.
The Ivory Coast international, who earns £70,000-a-week according to Spotrac, has been linked to move away from north London, particularly after Doherty’s arrival. The club rejected a bid from AC Milan over the summer but he has proven that he still has a lot to give to Spurs and he could may well play a key part in Mourinho’s quest to a shock Premier League title win this season.
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