Tottenham Hotspur still have their unbeaten run intact as they picked up a point on the road earlier this afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s men were surprisingly below par as they went to south-east London in pursuit of continuing their run atop the Premier League table, but they returned to N17 with a 1-1 draw to Crystal Palace.
Talismanic striker Harry Kane put Spurs on course for yet another win with a 30-yard scorcher in the 23rd minute, but the Eagles rallied in the second half before finally scoring through Jeffrey Schlupp, who pounced on a spilled ball from Hugo Lloris just nine minutes from time.
The rampant north Londoners could’ve had a few more themselves but for a masterclass between the sticks from Lloris’ opposite number, Vicente Guaita.
Some of the blame can indeed be attributed to the Frenchman for flapping at Eberechi Eze’s free-kick, but there were far worse performers on the day, like Serge Aurier who seemed to revert back to his old self.
The right-back, who is on £120k-per-week at Spurs, has enjoyed some transformation under Mourinho, so much so that he usurped Matt Doherty into becoming the first-choice man in the role.
Indeed, the Ivorian international lost possession 24 times, squandering plenty of chances to arguably the Man of the Match, Eze and also committed two fouls, via SofaScore – again showing his old calamitous ways.
It was his second foul that led to the dangerous free-kick and Palace’s subsequent equaliser, so perhaps he should be blamed more than Lloris.
Aurier was even wasteful with the ball, making just 68% of his passing 37 attempts and was particularly weak and lightweight, winning just one of seven duels (14%).
Alasdair Gold at football.london wasn’t too impressed with the 27-year-old either, grading his performance a six out of ten and claiming: “This wasn’t quite up there with recent excellent performances. Not much end product when he got forward either.”
Reports emerged earlier in the week that Aurier was in line for a lucrative contract extension, though the Spurs hierarchy may want to hold back on that to see whether his early-season form was merely a purple patch or not.
If he continues to perform as he did at Selhurst Park, then it would certainly imply that.