RWD Football Scout Report: Serge Aurier
RWD Football's Scout Report takes a look at one of this transfer window's most talked about players, Serge Aurier...
Serge Aurier, the Toulouse right-back who earned himself a spot in the French Ligue 1 Team of the Year after an impressive second season for le Téfécé, has been the subject of much transfer rumbling as of late. With Arsenal and Liverpool rumoured destinations, RWD Football examines whether the Ivorian is a star in the making
Aurier, who hails from the same Ivory Coast region as Didier Drogba, began his career in France with Lens, where at just 16 years of age he was appointed captain of the reserves and put pen to paper on a professional contract.
Aurier’s stock rose with each year he spent at Lens, where he earned the nickname ‘The Bison’ for his marauding runs and dominant physicality, and in April 2012 Toulouse nipped in to sign the Ivorian for one and a half million Euros.
Last season was Aurier’s best to date. With six goals and six assists to his name, and proving himself a versatile player capable of playing across the back-four and even in midfield, attention in Europe has turned to Aurier as yet another French football full-back ready to take a step up to an elite league.
Style of Play
As his nickname, ‘The Bison’, suggests, Serge Aurier is a beast both in the tackle and with the ball when charging forward. Six goals and six assists prove he’s a significant attacking threat, and his athleticism and stamina make him a formidable opponent in defence, too.
However, like most modern full-backs, Aurier’s willingness to attack and general lapses in concentration has its costs. Toulouse conceded 53 goals last year, more than most of the teams below them in the league, and Aurier’s positional naiveté and often rash tackling has been the subject of much criticism.
It’s not hard to see why the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Serge Aurier. Arsenal have lost their first choice right-back, Bacary Sagna, and Glen Johnson is 30 this summer, so Aurier’s already considerable talent – at just 21 – is an enticing prospect to gamble on.
With the right coaching and a willingness to push on and improve, Aurier has all the capabilities of succeeding in any of Europe’s top leagues. He’s strong, he’s fast, he’s technically very good – French media reckon he could even transition into midfield – and he wouldn’t cost more than 10-12 million Euros, you’d imagine.
He’s an outspoken Arsenal fan – check his Instagram for proof – but with The Gunners’ notoriously slow in the transfer market, we wouldn’t be surprised if another club swoops in to secure his services.
Words by Julius Pepperwood