Why Serge Aurier's stats suggest he is the perfect Kyle Walker replacement for Tottenham

Aurier - Walker - Trippier

Looking at the last two seasons of Tottenham's past, present and future right backs makes for interesting - and encouraging - reading for supporters.

Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Serge Aurier of PSG in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016...Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Serge Aurier in action

Tottenham Hotspur completed a deal for PSG fullback Serge Aurier on deadline day, dishing out a reported £23 million (BBC Sport) for the 24-year-old.

Considering the inflated prices this summer, not least - according to some - with Kyle Walker leaving the north Londoners for Manchester City for as much as £50 million (BBC Sport), it looks like a smart piece of business by Daniel Levy.

Kyle Walker of Manchester City (L) is shown a second yellow card leading to being sent off during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on August...Kyle Walker of Manchester City (L) is shown a second yellow card against Everton

Though Walker's fellow England international Kieran Trippier was expected to come in and seal a first choice role, the former Burnley man has disappointed so far this season. Aurier's arrival will provide much needed competition once again in that right fullback spot, especially when comparing Tottenham's past, present and future right-backs over the last couple of campaigns.

2015/16 & 2016/17 performances

  PositionTeamGoalsGoal AssistInterceptionsWon TackleSuccessful Take Ons AppearancesMins Played
Kieran Trippier DF Tottenham 1 6 18 25 3 18 1,024
Kyle Walker DF Tottenham 1 8 130 122 52 66 5,647
Serge Aurier DF PSG 2 5 103 96 47 43 3715

What the stats prove is that Tottenham's new fullback is much more like the departed Walker than the man who has inherited the former Sheffield United defender's number two shirt.

Though it is worth pointing out that Walker has over five times as many minutes as Trippier, and Aurier nearly four times as many minutes, the data certainly suggests that Aurier is more of a dynamic, attacking player in the mould of the club's previous fullback.

Sam Vokes of Burnley is challenged by Kieran Trippier of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London,...Sam Vokes of Burnley is challenged by Kieran Trippier of Tottenham

Trippier's impressive passing means that his six assists - more than Aurier managed in much fewer games - is his standout strength. But Aurier is way ahead of his new teammate when it comes to interceptions, winning tackles and beating his opponent with the ball.

That last category - successful take ons - is crucial to Mauricio Pochettino's game, with the fullbacks often operating as the dangermen out wide. Spurs fans should look forward to Aurier exciting down his flank, considering he has only beaten five fewer players than the jet-heeled Walker managed in those two seasons, despite featuring in 23 fewer matches.

It suggests Aurier is an outstanding replacement for Walker, and should leave Tottenham as well stocked this season as they were last year - if the two time Ligue 1 winner settles in the Premier League of course.

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