Serge Aurier has turned around his Tottenham career by “defending properly” and heeding Jose Mourinho’s instructions.
That is according to former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the transformation of the right-back.
Aurier has emerged as the first choice right-back at Tottenham despite the summer signing of Matt Doherty from Wolves.
The Ivory Coast international, 27, has started the last three Premier League matches and contributed significantly to clean sheets against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Aurier was previously regarded as a liability in defensive situations but is starting to win over even the most sceptical Tottenham fans.
“Spurs are playing like a Jose Mourinho team, at the back especially,” Campbell told Football Insider. “They do not give much away, every knows their job and they support the flanks when they can.
“Aurier is not doing anything overly-impressive but he is doing his job and that suits Jose Mourinho down to the ground.
“Mourinho will be over the moon with him because he is not giving anything away and he is defending properly.
“Many people questioned whether he could but he is proven he is a top class player.”
Doherty was given the back-handed compliment of starting Thursday night’s final Europa League group match in a second-string XI.
Aurier joined the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld in being omitted as Mourinho made nine changes from the side that beat Arsenal.