Whilst Harry Kane will steal the headlines after his impressive brace for Tottenham in the 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night, the performance of Serge Aurier at right-back should not be overlooked, with the Ivorian giving Jose Mourinho a big decision to make ahead of the North London derby at the weekend.
The former PSG man didn’t feature in Spurs’ recent league wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace but made his return to the side against the Croatian league leaders and, after an excellent performance, Mourinho may well be tempted to start him at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
As per SofaScore, the 28-year-old earned an impressive 8.4 rating for his performance, with only Kane earning higher of any player who featured in the game.
During the 90 minutes, Aurier made three clearances, four tackles and four interceptions, which is more impressive than the numbers he has posted in the Premier League this season, where he averages 2.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 2.4 clearances.
Whilst the right-back is usually more renowned for his ability going forward than in defence, he was superb defensively, as he won all five of his aerial duels and seven of his nine ground duels, which emphasises that he nearly always had the better of the Dinamo attackers.
In fact, Dinamo’s Mislav Orsic, who has been one of their better performers this season, earned the lowest rating of any player on the pitch with 5.9/10, as he failed to complete a single dribble and lost every single one of the 12 duels in which he was involved during the game.
This demonstrates that Aurier, who reportedly earns £70k per week at Spurs, was almost unbeatable down the right-hand side, and he also played a big part in Spurs’ second goal as his volleyed cross wasn’t cleared, allowing Kane to fire home.
Therefore, after a superb display, Mourinho may well be tempted to keep faith in Aurier for the game against Arsenal at the weekend, despite the recent impressive form of Matt Doherty.