Tottenham continue on their remarkable season under Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance despite no investment. But we ask ourselves: who would have been shown the door if they could afford losing players?
There’s no doubt in our mind that what Pochettino has done with a bare-bones squad is nothing short of incredible.
They failed to sign anyone in summer, they failed to recruit in winter, they’ve suffered injuries to their most influential players, yet here Tottenham are outsiders for the Premier League title and almost qualified for the next round of the Champions League.
Spurs’ players have really come into their own this season.
The likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Heung-Min Son, and Moura all putting in some of the best performances of their careers.
But who has missed this list for all the wrong reasons…
An odd one given his World Cup heroics for England, however right-back Trippier has easily been one of Tottenham’s worst players this season and biggest wastes of time.
From the fans’ perspective, Serge Aurier is now the preferred choice over the England international who’s now considered to be poor enough to be one of those sold in the next window.
Indeed, just a couple of minutes probing Twitter summarises how far he’s fallen since the summer.
Positionally speaking, Trippier simply isn’t good enough. Particularly in the Manchester United game, which the last league match Spurs lost, Trippier was caught out on more than one occasion by the pace and skill of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. He’s often criticised for meandering around all the wrong places, and with explosive pace hardly his strong point, simply cannot afford these lapses of concentration.