Tottenham’s signing of Serge Aurier from PSG in the summer window was touted as a fine piece of business from the London club, as the right-back is one of the highest rated players in the game.
Having signed for the club, he was handed his Premier League debut against West Ham on Saturday, and he certainly proved his worth, but perhaps not in the fashion he intended to.
After saving a crucial potential goal inside the box in the 16th minute, when he expertly tackled Marko Arnautovic, preventing him from burying the ball in the back of the net, Aurier set his price tag’s worth. However, this talented piece of play wasn’t going to be the big move in the match.
After being shown a yellow card in the 64th minute, the Ivory Coast international went on to carelessly lunge at Andy Carroll in the 70th minute, which the referee was quick to spot, and showed the defender a second yellow card, which subsequently got him sent off.
Twitter went into hysterics over his seventy-minute long performance. Tweets hailing the 24-year-old for his save and agility in the first half quickly turned into disbelief for the same supporters. The resultant mix of tweets was certainly entertaining.
Moreover, fans couldn’t fathom as to why the player, despite being shown yellow earlier, went into the tackle in a seemingly non-dangerous spot.
Serge Aurier gets Tottenham's first red card in the PL since Vlad Chiriches in the 2014-15 season.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) September 23, 2017
Thank you, Serge Aurier, for that horrendous last 25 minutes. Absolute idiot. We were looking at a hatful before that moment IMO.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) September 23, 2017
Pochettino knew what he was up against when he signed Serge Aurier.
Good player but poor discipline. Balotelli family. #FanLiveNG
— Based on Logistics (@Iam_Abdulaxis) September 23, 2017
Spurs fans watching Serge Aurier get sent off like… pic.twitter.com/Yocr6pcvvS
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 23, 2017
Needlessly close, that. Every member of the squad should get at least one clean uncontested slap in on Serge Aurier, then we move on…#THFC
— Raj Bains (@BainsXIII) September 23, 2017
It certainly was an up and down start for Aurier, who almost didn’t make it to England, owing to an earlier criminal trial that had caused issues with his work visa. But he has clearly begun winning the hearts of the Tottenham faithful, who will be more than eager to see him again. They may have to wait until his suspension ends, though.
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