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Kieran Trippier was Tottenham’s unsung hero in victory over Southampton

Kieran Trippier was Tottenham’s unsung hero in victory over Southampton

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 struggling and managerless Southampton off the back of losing 4-2 to Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday, and thus seeking a response at Wembley against the Saints. And they certainly produced the goods in easing past the South Coast outfit 3-1 in the capital, with goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Son Heung-min inspiring Spurs to an 11th victory of the campaign, and indeed third place in the division.

Thus, there have been many happy Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, with plenty of praise likely to be heaped on the front men for being clinical in the final third, with Kane, Moura, and Son all adding to their goal tallies for the season.

And while the trio ultimately proved to be the difference at the national stadium on Wednesday, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Pochettino’s side given Southampton more than gave them something to think about, with it needing a fine display from right back Kieran Trippier to help Tottenham pick up another three points.

The England international had missed Spurs’ last two league matches due to a groin problem but returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday, and he produced one of his best displays of the season both offensively and defensively to help inspire the hosts to victory.

The ex-Burnley man touched the more ball often than any other player on the pitch (93) during the match to underline his desire to make things happen for Pochettino’s side (as per WhoScored), and while his pass success was down at 75%, two of his 46 completed passes were key ones to emphasise his quality in the final third.

But it wasn’t just going forward in which the 28-year-old excelled, he did so defensively as well, an area of his game that has often been highlighted as a weakness (although that’s mainly due to just how good he is going forward).

The defender won three aerial duels over the course of his 87 minutes on the pitch to help minimise the impact of Southampton’s directness, while he also completed two tackles to thwart the Saints down the flank.

Add in three clearances, one interception, and a team high five blocks, and Trippier certainly threw himself into things defensively to help Spurs deal with the Saints going forward – they did get through a few times, but found goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in fine form to thwart their advances.

Nonetheless, Trippier deserves huge credit for returning to the side and putting in a stellar display down the right-hand-side, which is why his late injury-scare will surely be of concern to manager Pochettino.

As such, while the front men shone for Tottenham on Wednesday, £31.5 million-rated Trippier (as per Transfermarkt) was the man behind his side’s vital victory at the national stadium.

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