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Profit Players: Kieran Trippier

Profit Players: Kieran Trippier

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side move up to third place in the Premier League table on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with lowly Southampton off the back of losing 4-2 to rivals Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday, and thus seeking a response when they hosted the managerless Saints at Wembley. And they did just that as goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Son Heung-min inspired the hosts to a 3-1 success over the South Coast outfit, a result which moved them above Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many delighted Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on defender Kieran Trippier for his fine performance on Wednesday night.

The right back was a bargain addition by manager Pochettino back in 2015 in luring him away from Burnley for just £4.41 million (as per Transfermarkt), with it clear that the 28-year-old, and his subsequent rise at Tottenham, is another example of the genius that is Pochettino.

Ultimately, Trippier was brought in to Tottenham as a deputy to number one right back Kyle Walker, with it unsurprisingly not until the latter stages of Walker’s time in North London that Trippier was able to prove his worth to Pochettino.

He managed just six Premier League appearances in his first season at White Hart Lane before doubling it the campaign after, which saw Trippier begin to deliver the goods in the absence of Man City-bound Walker in laying on five assists in those 12 games.

And Walker’s departure to the Etihad Stadium in 2016 enabled Trippier to usurp the right back role on a more regular basis, and he is now very much one of the best in the division having laid on five assists 24 appearances for Spurs last term, as well as three in just 13 games this time round.

Sandwich between those two campaigns an excellent World Cup with England, in which Trippier was arguably one of the players of the tournament at right back in Gareth Southgate’s team, and he is continuing to make an absolute mockery of that £4.41 million price-tag from three years ago – in fact, Transfermarkt now value him at £31.5 million.

And with the 28-year-old becoming an integral part of the Spurs team following Walker’s exit, it’s clear that he is worth a lot to manager Pochettino – the Argentine wasn’t forced to go out and spend big on another right back to compensate for Walker’s departure.

So while Spurs obviously struck gold in luring Trippier to the club for a paltry fee, his tally of 23 assists in just 91 matches for the club underlines that he is now worth so much more to Pochettino than his most recent £4.41 million fee – he’s made an absolute mockery of that lowly price-tag.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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