Exclusive: Robinson raves over 'Surprise' Tottenham player he thought was a goner
Tottenham defender Serge Aurier has greatly improved since the arrival of Matt Doherty from Wolves, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 41-times England international admitted that he thought Aurier, 27, was destined to exit the club in the summer but has since been impressed by the right-back’s form.
Aurier started his fourth league match of the 2020/21 campaign against Chelsea on Sunday, helping Jose Mourinho’s side return to the top of the table after a goalless draw.
Starts against Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City and Chelsea this season to suggest the full-back has the backing of Mourinho despite nearly exiting the club in September.
Robinson heaped praise on the Ivory Coast international for his response to the £15million signing of Doherty in August.
“I’m surprised he is still there and I think he might be as well,” he told Football Insider.
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“There was a lot of talk about him moving in over the summer and when Doherty came in it seemed like a certainty.
“But you have to give him a lot of credit for the way he has kept himself fit. When he has been given his opportunity he has been top class.
“It is difficult when you feel like you are not wanted by a club. Your mindset can change quickly. A player could down tools and not put 100 per cent in but that cannot be said about Serge Aurier.
“He has realised that this season is going to be very long and that he will play a lot of football.
“I have not been one of his biggest fans, defensively, but the arrival of competition in Doherty has seen Aurier up his game.”
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