Not many Tottenham Hotspur fans would argue against the idea that Kieran Trippier’s performances have been far from great this season, especially after an impressive World Cup campaign with England in the summer.
A tournament the size of that particular competition always has the ability to throw up a number of names who are looking to stand out for different reasons, however, many would not have expected the fall of grace that the right-back has gone through over the following 12 months or so.
Trippier has been in and out of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team this season as his performances have been sub-par and he has also produced a couple of costly errors that have put his team in trouble.
The former Burnley defender, along with Hugo Lloris, was at fault for their calamitous own-goal against Chelsea, whilst injuries have certainly limited him as well.
His performance against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night did not do too much for him either, despite playing the full 90 minutes and regaining his place in the team.
Trippier was rather solid at the back, however, the attacking threat that he has shown he is capable of providing continues to go missing. He had opportunities to whip crosses into the box for the likes of Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen, however, he struggled to make them count.
And, it appears those in authoritative positions at the club are deemed to have had enough and are prepared to cash in for him.
Football Insider have claimed that Pochettino has given Daniel Levy the green light to offload him in the summer, although he will cost any potential suitors in the region of £50million to sign him.
Although Serge Aurier is no better or any more reliable than the England international, Juan Foyth put in a stellar performance at right-back in his absence against Manchester City in their Premier League showdown last weekend.
The Argentine may not be a natural, however, being just 21-years-old could be something that may leave Trippier concerned about regarding his place in the team towards the end of the season.
Pochettino may be keen to see how the South American adapts to the role and may be prepared to give him his chance in the final few games of the campaign to see how he handles it, especially considering the pressure that is currently on Spurs to reach the Champions League final and finish in the top four of the Premier League.
So, what does the future hold for Trippier at Tottenham? Well, if things do not improve for the 28-year-old on the pitch soon, he could be playing his football elsewhere.
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