Serge Aurier made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and football.london kept a close eye on him throughout the match.
The Ivory Coast international joined Spurs in a £23m move from PSG on transfer deadline day. He came with plenty of baggage after a number of off the pitch controversies, but the 24-year-old also arrived with plenty of talent.
With plenty of Champions League experience, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino had no qualms about throwing Aurier in against the Bundesliga outfit at Wembley.
Here’s how he did:
He made a powerful early tackle after just five minutes which got the Spurs fans even more fired up after Son’s early goal.
Aurier was playing high up the pitch, almost as a winger which gave Tottenham another attacking outlet down the right, although in the first 15 minutes they mostly played down the left.
He linked up well with Eriksen early on in this period of play, but the Dane couldn’t pick out a return pass for a change.
Soon after Aurier clattered into Sahin with a powerful header in the opposition half but the referee gave a foul against the Ivorian.
He made an important header on the right in the 23rd minute, cutting out a crossfield ball towards his channel. Two minutes later, the right-back attempted to shield a ball out of play, but was pushed into it, only for the referee to give the German side a throw in.
Started this period with a great knock around his Dortmund man before running around him and out of play to get back on to the pitch to collect the ball and sprint up the line before playing in a good ball to Kane.
On 34 minutes, got down the right, but fired his cross too deep for anyone but Davies on the far side. Aurier linked up with Eriksen a couple of minutes later, but hit his cross into the defender. From the throw-in he broke down the line and played in Dier, but his cross came to nothing.
Lovely bit of skill before half-time on the edge of his own box, flicking a backheel to Eriksen who then showed off his own fancy footwork to get the ball up the field.
Played in by Dier three minutes into the second half down the right hand side of the box, but his low cross was too close to Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.
Aurier hit a deflected cross on 57 minutes when he probably could have done better. However, he struck a fine left-footed cross two minutes later which needed a last gasp clearance from the Dortmund six yard box.
Linked up well with Eriksen again down the right and played him down the channel to cross to Davies, whose shot/cross was pushed out by Burki.
On 72 minutes, showed great strength to win a ball back on the edge of his box and then linked up intelligently with his team-mates to get the ball into the opposition half. Made another big tackle on 74 minutes to put the ball out for a Dortmund corner.
Aurier got into a good advanced position but overhit a cross in the first minute of this period of play. He lost the ball and took a whack moments later after a loose touch saw him run into a visiting player.
The Ivorian executed a great leaping header back to Lloris on 81 minutes to stop a Dortmund attack.
On 85 minutes beat his man well down the right, but gave the ball away with his next touch. Was delighted at the final whistle and gave Alderweireld a massive hug.
Aurier boasts plenty of pace and power and in terms of his profile on the pitch, he’s a classic Pochettino player – a beast. He looks confident on and off the ball and the other defenders seem to trust him already in possession.
Aurier is more in the style of Kyle Walker than Kieran Trippier who plays slightly deeper. Like Walker, Aurier knows his pace can get him back if he strays too far.
Also like the now Manchester City right-back, he needs to work on his final ball as his crossing was often poor and many flew into the first man or sailed too deep.
However, on the whole it was a very impressive debut and if he can keep his off the pitch problems in his past, then Aurier could be a big player for Tottenham going forward.