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“Things are moving” former Spurs character could be set to return to London

By Harry Hotspur -

What happens at other clubs can be viewed as a poor second to what’s taking place inside one’s own, but this mooted transfer may provoke some to think a little.

RMC Sport reporter Loic Tanzi, says that Fulham is considering a move for one of Spurs’ old boys.

Serge Aurier found himself enveloped in a fair amount of lunacy during his time at Spurs – who can forget the foul throws? The sending’s off? Beyond that, the Ivory Coast star was a useful player, and during his four seasons at Spurs, he popped up with 5 Premier League goals, a couple of domestic cup goals, and even scored in the Champions League for us.

Given the current state of flux with Tottenham’s wing-back situation – Lucas Moura ended up playing on the fight for Spurs against Sevilla in a friendly recently, it does make one wonder if selling the guy was the best move?

At 29, Aurier’s ship has sailed for Tottenham, but I will always remember him fondly and was highly appreciative of his return to duty after the untimely demise of his brother.

Aurier to Fulham would be fun. Perhaps more so that Danny Rose getting involved with us again…

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Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
2 months ago

Somewhat off piste, but it appears that Dybala is going to sign for Roma on a £5 million per annum contact for three years. Have we missed a trick there? A free transfer on what does not seem to be an onerous salary.

Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Well within our budget, and a player well-known to Conte. The obvious two explanations are either the coach doesn’t want him, or the player doesn’t fancy England

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Roma is a step down from both Juventus and Spurs…

Jager
Jager
2 months ago

Three fouls throws in one game. Never had the attention span over 90 minutes.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago
Reply to  Jager

That’s when I made my decision on him. Hopeless. Once yes ! Three times, no chance

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
2 months ago

The author has just about nailed it with his view on Aurier. Aurier was signed with Moura just as Poch was losing his magic touch.

He had his crazy moments but he also had some redeeming qualities. He supplied more of an attacking threat than any of the current squad competing for the RWB position and he did indeed score a few. He also won his tackles and personal duels. The stats say it is so.

Jose would probably have preferred Royal in his back 4 and Conte would probably have preferred Aurier, circa 18 – 19, in his wing back system.

Both players are / were in the wrong movie.

How Spursy.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
2 months ago

The metric I generally use is to ask whether Aurier would have got into any top four side, and I think most will agree that the answer is no. Seemingly unaware how to take a throw-in was probably a clue how things might turn out and he had had disciplinary problems at PSG and they were more than happy to see the back of him. Having said all that, I don’t see Doherty and Royal as much of an improvement and God only knows what’s happening with Spence. Even if the legendary maestro of the transfer market gets him signed up , it still doesn’t solve the RB problem. Not sure why we sold KWP, and the fact that we appear to have a buy-back clause tells me that the club must have had some inkling that he was going to improve.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
2 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

KWP wasn’t the answer to our problem 2 seasons ago but we could easily have loaned him for another season before starting again with him. We did this with Rose, arguably one of the worst players in the Prem for us before he went to Sunderland. When he came back, with more experience and Poch to coach him, he was great. Did the Hojbjerg deal have anything to do with KWP? Whatever happened, it was poor decision making (again) from Levy downwards.

Sonificent
Sonificent
2 months ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

Looking at KWP, he isn’t good enough for the top teams. Pining for him just illustrates to me how poor the replacements were. Neither he nor Aurier cut it.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
2 months ago
Reply to  Sonificent

KWP won’t cut it at the very top…at least Spence might, so that’s something. But he’s another young player unproven punt.

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  Sonificent

None of these players are good enough for the level we need to be at, because they are all cheap punts…

Eddie
Eddie
2 months ago

And still we await the arrival of the invisible man.This Spence signing has proved once again that Levy should not be directly involved in transfer dealings.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

Daniel is trying to stuff Spence into a Top Hat with a couple of white doves …

Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

The signing is done, there are pics of him in kit doing club photoshoots.

We just await the glitzy social media gubbins

at large
at large
2 months ago

I never felt comfortable with Serge defending deep one on one. The same way I still get hives every time the ball’s at Lloris’ feet. He went missing a lot, but had his moments too. A microcosm of Spurs really.

Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid
2 months ago

He wanted to leave, for a couple of seasons. I understand why we let him go. But he was a thoroughly entertaining character, sort a like-for-like replacement for Kyle Walker in the Bonzo category of doing things that make you bang your head on the table.

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy the Kid

It’s often overlooked that the guys personal life, while he was at Spurs, was about as bad as it could get. He lost his father and his brother during his relatively short stay in N17.

To his credit he still made himself available, gave his best and retained a smile on his face.

Last edited 2 months ago by The Hurrah Brigade
Sonificent
Sonificent
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy the Kid

Walker is a different league to Aurier. Hence where he went and what he won.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago

He was done with me after the foul throws. It told me he wasn’t a footballer that was going to be anything other than a hindrance to any potential improvement in the team or that position.

Sigh of relief when he was sold.

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Me too, he just wasn’t good enough, like so many others.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

One in a long line sadly ..

Average Joe on Extraordinary Drugs
Average Joe on Extraordinary Drugs
2 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

He was not sold. Contract dismissed by mutual consent between player and club. It seemed he was both distracted and a distraction to others.

Aurier wore both his emotions and his intensity of personality on his sleeve. Watching him play was akin to playing with one’s hand on one of those random truth buzzers.

Laid in some pretty crosses, crossed a lot of them into the abyss. Made several great interceptions and tackles, went into plenty of hospital plays.

Rarely dull… but he seemed to make huge waves. Some stability was definitely required

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago

He was hopeless… as have most of our defence been since Walker, Rose, Verts & Toby. The only shining light we have now is Romero.

Cabspur
Cabspur
2 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Yeah Romero looks the part alright ,has made a few errors but oozes confidence.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago
Reply to  Cabspur

A season in he’s an upgrade on all our defence put together. Am expecting big things from him next season

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago

He was a foul waiting to happen, the vast majority of the time…

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago

He definitely had the ‘engine’ to have played in Conte’s set up with the extra assurance of a back three. As an orthodox fullback he was about as poor as Doherty, however would he have been much worse than Royal at wingback? I doubt it.

I fear though that we are in a similar situation with Royal, Doherty (and Serge previously) that these are three wingbacks that would certainly not be plying their trade at any other top club. It’s typical of the Spurs mindset that we focus on the odd standout performance in a career of predominantly mediocre performance, at best. Moura being a case in point, one night in Amsterdam, and what else exactly?

Good luck Serge, but he and with many of these players that pass through our club, Galatasaray and Fulham are their actual level. Sissoko left us after being a regular in our side only to go down with Watford, this revisionist take these kinds of player might be well intentioned but it’s just part of the damaging malaise that has been ever present under Daniel Levy. It’s called mediocrity, from doing it on the cheap…

Last edited 2 months ago by Easty
Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago

Serge was not bad as many would have you believe. I just think he needs a team set up to maximise his pros (great energy and attacking support) and minimise his negatives (a little rash defending at times) – that may be a little simplistic and lacking nuance, but in general. Mourinho got it right to a certain extent, but the system was too defensive overall.

Ironically, he’d probably suit us quite well now. That being said, I think there is too much variance in performance for him to be a starter (a 6 one week, a 9 the next) if we have designs on being more than a top 4 challenger.

Spence looks like he has a lot of similar plusses hopefully with scope to improve too.

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  Park Lane

I’m afraid he was as bad as people have you believe, because being a top player isn’t about doing one or two things well. He couldn’t defend, was easily targeted and forced into errors by opponents. The odd game when he didn’t have to defend he was respectable, that doesn’t mean he was ever good enough.

Top players don’t need perfect scenarios and teams set up to utilise them otherwise they’re poor. The best players still look decent at their worst, average ones have the terrible games over the course of a season, precisely because they’re out of their depth…

Last edited 2 months ago by Easty
Terence Bailey
Terence Bailey
2 months ago

On his day he was excellent but when he was not on his game he was awful a big gap between his best and worst.

Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago
Reply to  Terence Bailey

AKA the Heurelho Gomes paradox.

Much better to have mostly 7s and 8s than lots of 5s and 10s

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  Terence Bailey

Which is the definition of not being good enough…

Dancing barber
Dancing barber
2 months ago

Serge was strong and very useful. Never got the haters. Certainly as good as the pair we have now.

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
2 months ago
Reply to  Dancing barber

Agreed

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosher Kid

True, and neither of them are good enough either…

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago

I thought Aurier was a whipping boy for many ..thought Jose got him to calm down..think he would be an asset for Fulham..what they need there is Winky and Aurier to link defence and midfield .

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