Tottenham Hotspur‘s resolution 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.
Aurier’s performances on the pitch have been removed from constant, as he typically seemed good going forwards however was all the time suspect from a defensive perspective, along with his report 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 remaining defeat in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, saying (through talkSPORT):
“Aurier is perhaps one of many largest 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 fully on the pitch as properly, as he was frequently responsible of breaking lockdown guidelines in the course of 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 major price on a participant who was clearly controversial each on and off the pitch.
Whereas he was one thing of a daily beneath Jose Mourinho in his first season in control of Spurs, making 33 appearances within the high flight, he was restricted to only 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 price, which absolutely represents poor enterprise by Levy, particularly given his popularity for being a tricky 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 season. The Ivorian is but to characteristic for Steve Cooper’s facet however the Reds would possibly find yourself regretting giving him a deal if he performs and acts in an analogous solution to his time at Tottenham.