Darren Brent has credited the influence of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho for the transformation in the performances of Serge Aurier this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs striker claimed that the Frenchman has “got all the attributes” to be a good right-back.
Football Insider revealed in September that the 27-year-old rejected a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow after chairman Daniel Levy had put in place a big-money deal.
Aurier was given permission to leave the club after Tottenham signed Wolves right-back Matt Doherty in August.
The Republic of Ireland international started the Lilywhites’ first three games at right-back but Aurier was given the nod for their sensational 6-1 win over Manchester United before the international break.
He assisted his side’s fourth goal and scored their fifth and Bent was blown away by his performance.
“I spoke about it last season so many times about how many goals he costs Spurs with his positional sense,” Bent told Football Insider.
“He’s come back this season and to be fair I think he’s done alright, he’s done OK. He’s scored a couple of goals, he’s been quite solid.
“We know that he’s got all the attributes.
“I thought against United he was very good, he defended well, got forward and got a good goal.
“Mourinho for whatever reason is getting the right tune out of some of these players that maybe we thought weren’t good enough.
“He’s gone ‘you know what, I quite like them, they fit into my system very, very well’.
“So you’ve got to take your hat off to Mourinho, Serge Aurier has been doing very, very well and was superb against United.”
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