Tottenham Hotspur‘s choice to signal Serge Aurier from PSG would backfire in additional methods than one and it should go down as a stunning piece of enterprise by Daniel Levy.
The Ivory Coast worldwide arrived from PSG in a £23m deal in the summertime of 2017 and would go on to make 110 appearances for Spurs, contributing eight objectives and 17 assists.
Aurier’s performances on the pitch have been removed from constant, as he usually seemed good going forwards however was all the time suspect from a defensive viewpoint, together with his file of blocks and clearances per recreation within the 2019/20 marketing campaign a few of the lowest in Spurs’ squad.
Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher was lower than impressed with Aurier’s defending within the League Cup closing defeat in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, saying (by way of talkSPORT):
“Aurier is possibly one of many greatest liabilities in Premier League soccer and is a participant who may put you off administration with the quantity of loopy selections he makes.”
Was Aurier a Levy catastrophe?
The previous PSG man’s issues weren’t utterly on the pitch as nicely, as he was commonly responsible of breaking lockdown guidelines through the pandemic, whereas he was additionally reportedly arrested for assault in 2019, which did little to enhance his standing amongst Spurs supporters.
The warning indicators have been there for Levy, after Aurier was additionally arrested throughout his time at PSG, so it appears unusual that he was keen to spend such a big payment on a participant who was clearly controversial each on and off the pitch.
Whereas he was one thing of an everyday below Jose Mourinho in his first season in control of Spurs, making 33 appearances within the prime flight, he was restricted to simply 19 Premier League appearances within the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
It was no shock to see him launched on a free switch on the finish of that season, with Spurs failing to recoup any of their £23m payment, which certainly represents poor enterprise by Levy, particularly given his status for being a troublesome negotiator and one thing of a switch guru.
Aurier would spend one season with Villareal earlier than becoming a member of Nottingham Forest on a free switch this summer time. The Ivorian is but to function for Steve Cooper’s facet however the Reds may find yourself regretting giving him a deal if he performs and acts in an identical method to his time at Tottenham.