Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their team record a third successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their home clash with newly-promoted Cardiff City off the back of victories over Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United in their preceding two league games, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. And while Spurs were far from their best at Wembley on Saturday, they got the job done thanks to Eric Dier’s early goal, although they did slip to fifth in the table following Arsenal’s win at Fulham on Sunday.
Nonetheless, there have been many thrilled Spurs fans up and down the country, although some are concerned that the club made an error in not strengthening at all over the summer, in turn becoming the first side since the transfer window was introduced back in 2003 to not sign a player in the summer window.
And while that has prompted much frustration from Tottenham fans, there is little doubting that chairman Daniel Levy did extremely well to prize £47.43 million (as per Transfermarkt) out of Manchester City for defender Kyle Walker little over a year ago.
The England international was mightily impressive for Spurs in his last few years at the club, and City boss Pep Guardiola clearly saw the 28-year-old as the ideal man as part of his overhaul of the full back department at the Etihad Stadium.
And while any side would suffer from the loss of such an influential player like Walker, Spurs had fellow England star Kieran Trippier, who they signed from Burnley for just £4.41 million (as per Transfermarkt) a few years earlier, waiting in the wings to deputise.
And deputise well he has in nailing down the right back role in Pochettino’s side, appearing 84 times in all competitions for the North Londoners following his move from Turf Moor back in 2015, netting twice and laying on an impressive 21 assists.
In fact, Trippier was slowly but surely beginning to flourish under Pochettino even before Walker’s departure by featuring regularly instead of his compatriot in the rear end of the 2016/17 season to thus ready him to take over Walker’s mantle the following campaign.
And while it’s arguable that the 27-year-old isn’t as good a full back, or indeed a wing back, as the now-City ace, there is little doubting that he has improved hugely under Pochettino in the last few years – after all, England manager Gareth Southgate opted for Trippier as his wing back during the World Cup, instead putting Walker in the centre of defence.
And with huge ability from set pieces as well as being an excellent crosser of the ball, the Spurs man has certainly come a long way from the right back that cost the North Londoners just £4.41 million back in 2015.
And Trippier’s rise under Pochettino, alongside making a £43.02 million profit from the two deals involving him and Walker, underlines some very shrewd business indeed from Levy and the club’s hierarchy, with the latter’s exit paving the way for the former to seriously produce the goods.
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