According to Tottenham journalist Dan Kilpatrick, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier are both ‘fit to start‘ against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League tonight, with the latter coming back after Matt Doherty took his spot against Burnley.
Aurier, who once lauded as a ‘beast’ by Alasdair Gold, has seemingly turned a corner since being linked with a move away from Tottenham in the summer.
Aurier back from the brink
A report by Football Insider even claimed that Spartak Moscow were close to signing him, but Aurier remained determined to ply his trade in Europe’s top five leagues.
Mourinho appeared to have had enough of the Ivorian at one stage, signing Doherty as a straight replacement, but the 27-year-old has since managed to work his way back into the fold with some impressive displays.
Indeed, the right-back excelled during Tottenham’s 6-1 away win at Manchester United earlier this month, even getting on the scoresheet that game with a near-flawless display down the right hand side.
Now, as confirmed by the manager, Aurier is fit to start and could come back in place of Doherty against the Belgians.
Transfer Tavern take
Valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, chairman Daniel Levy and the club faced trying to offload him for a worthy fee in the summer following his inconsistent flashes in form. However, the defender has established himself as a worthy option for Mourinho and, potentially, one of Tottenham’s comeback stories of the season so far in a similar vein to the likes of Tanguy Ndombele.
It remains to be seen whether he can keep up this form, but as it stands, his redemption should be applauded.
In other news: Paul Robinson has waxed lyrical over this ‘amazing news for Spurs’, find out more here.
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