Team selection dilemmas can be difficult for managers to solve, and Mauricio Pochettino is going to have a hard time picking between Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier next season, that’s for sure. Indeed, it’s fair to say that both players could have quite the battle on their hands with one another. Of course, both play on the right-hand side of the defence, and with only one spot to fill – and two players desperate to play – it’s going to be very tight.
But who exactly should Pochettino go for? It’s a close call.
Naturally, given that they play for one of the Premier League’s best clubs, both offer tremendous quality. Both are solid defensively, and are comfortable making a challenge and tracking back, though their best qualities undeniably come going forward.
Both are quick, naturally attacking-minded, and they also both have a tremendous right-foot. Last season, Trippier was given the nod more often, with 24 appearances, whilst Aurier earned just 17 in what was his debut season in England.
That said, there are some differences in their respective games. Aurier managed to bag two league goals, which when contrasted with Trippier’s zero, indicates that he’s clearly more of a threat in that sense.
However, Trippier excelled in several other areas – namely those related to passing. He picked up three more assists than Aurier, whilst he also picked up a whopping 26 more key passes.
It’s a truly tough call for Pochettino. Aurier was still adjusting to England, and so that must be taken into account, but Trippier looked so good last season.
The one thing that the latter does have on the Frenchman is a presence at the World Cup. He’s England’s starting right-back, and that must count for something.
In truth, Trippier should maybe get the nod – but Aurier won’t be far behind.
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