A hat-trick from Gareth Bale shot Tottenham Hotspur back into the top four on Sunday night.
The Spurs escaped with a frantic 4-0 victory over Sheffield United in north London to move within five points of local rival Chelsea, and this is largely due to the Real Madrid star.
And while he deserves a lot of honors for scoring goals, there was another Lilywhites man who deserves as much praise as Ryan Mason’s undoubted hero at Tottenham Hotspur.
Two of Bale’s three goals were assisted by right-back Serge Aurie, who showed a phenomenal performance on this flank with the Welshman.
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On top of two simply lofty balls, Côte d’Ivoire was one of the Spurs’ most influential players, recording a 111-touch match, which was more than the central midfielders who usually dictate the pace of their game, including Pierre-Emile Heuberger (106), Giovanni Lo Celso (89) and Dele Ali (83), according to SofaScore.
The Dynamo, valued at £ 18 million, could have completed a great performance with hat-trick assists late, but his cross was tilted before Harry Kane could convince him. This would also be worthy of a match ball.
Overall, Aurier provided a huge four key passes, including one big created chance, which was only improved by Heung-min Son (six) and was only one less than the rest of the team combined (five).
He usually averages only one of them for each match, so this shows how well he was from an attacking feeling. He also made 95% of 86 attempts to pass, which was a feat improved only by Heuberg (97%) and Son (96%).
And that didn’t stop there, as he was just as hard-working on defense, where he recorded two fights and two interceptions as a team, showing that he could actually defend and read the game well sometimes.
Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick wrote lyrically over Aurier’s display, claiming that both assists were “brilliant moments of creativity”, and similarly Alasdair Gold from football.london was also very impressed, giving him a 9/10 rating his post-match ratings column – a rare sight, really.
Bale may have spurred the spurs back to the right track this weekend, but without the former PSG man there may not have been such a quality service and that is why he deserves to reap the benefits as well.
And in other news, Levy can seal the next Dembele at a bargain price for an “explosive” 22-year-old beast …