The Gabon international has established himself as one of the best strikers in the game this season in the Bundesliga, with 22 goals in 24 league games during the campaign so far. And ahead of the clash with Spurs in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, the striker has revealed he could have easily been on the opposite side.
“In the end everything became a bit weird—I didn’t really like the way things were done,” he said, per the Guardian (h/t Gruffudd Owen of Goal). “If Spurs ever came back in me for me, I’d say no.”
Here is a look at some of Aubameyang’s best moments from the 2015-16 campaign, in which he has really kicked on under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel:
Aubameyang joined Dortmund in the summer of 2013 from Saint-Etienne, tasked with helping BVB fill the void left by the departed Mario Gotze.
At first he looked set to be an auxiliary forward, typically deployed out wide. Then when Robert Lewandowski left the club the following season, Aubameyang was handed his chance at the point of the attack by Jurgen Klopp. After starting 2015 in fine form, he hasn’t looked back since.
Bleacher Report’s Clark Whitney feels as though Aubameyang, who was recently named as the African Player of the Year, could now play for the elite clubs on the continent:
Bild: Barca scouted Alaba, Gündogan & Aubameyang during BVB vs Bayern on Saturday. Imo, PEA too good to be Suarez sub. Others could start— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) March 7, 2016
Tottenham could definitely do with a player of his calibre, and the prospect of him lining up alongside Harry Kane would be an intriguing one.
Here is a look at how the two players have compared statistically in league matches this term, despite the obvious stylistic differences in the way the each lead the line:
|Shots per game||3.8||4|
|Key passes per game||0.9||1.2|
|Dribbles per game||0.5||1.2|
While Spurs fans will lament Aubameyang not arriving, especially when considering his form at the moment, you wonder whether Kane would have had quite as clear a path to the first-team with the Gabon international around.
Tottenham should be on the lookout for a striker this summer, with Kane the only natural No. 9 available to Mauricio Pochettino at the moment. But reports linking Aubameyang with a £70 million move to Manchester United, per Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday, not to mention the aforementioned quotes, seem to suggest they’ve missed their chance when it comes to the BVB star.