AFS5: Serge Aurier, Cote d’Ivoire & Paris Saint-Germain
It’s hard to remember an African defender who has made such a big impression as quickly as Serge Aurier.
We’ve known for a while that he was special, but six assists and six goals in Ligue 1, making him the division’s most prolific defender, was even beyond our expectations.
At the World Cup Aurier also showcased his talents, albeit in an ultimately disappointing effort for the Cote d’Ivoire.
He set up two goals and looked the part with his energetic forays down the right and pinpoint crossing.
The move to Arsenal (and the Premier League) ultimately didn’t come off, but a switch to Paris Saint-Germain gives him a stage his fantastic abilities deserve.
Will Aurier be topping this list in 12 months’ time?