Trippier’s disastrous season could see him being offloaded by Spurs this summer
A year makes a big difference in football. After the highs of scoring that free-kick against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final, Kieran Trippier’s stock has since fallen through the roof. The England international has had his confidence shot to pieces and looks a shadow of the man who made a reputation out of his David Beckham-esque crossing. However, if reports are to be believed, then Trippier’s time in north London may just be coming to an abrupt end.
According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, both Napoli and Atletico Madrid are interested in securing the 28-year-old’s signature for next season, with the latter seemingly open to paying Spurs’ £25m asking price. Having just come off his worst season in the Premier League, getting that amount of money would seem like a no-brainer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Trippier has come under fire from his own fans this season for his error-strewn displays, and quite worryingly, showed signs of a complete lack of concentration in the big games. His mix-ups with Hugo Lloris against both Barcelona and Chelsea this season were evidence of a defender whose communication isn’t the strongest; entirely avoidable goals, and mistakes that ultimately cost his side dearly both times.
Indeed, after almost seeing his side throw away a three-goal lead against Wolves last November, the usually polite and protective Pochettino took aim at the defender after another piece of defensive calamity. He said (via ESPN): “When you are in possession and go forward, you need to be strong too when you are in a defensive situation. Kieran needs to improve in the defensive situation because in the last few games you have seen that we conceded a few actions.”
Whilst the former Burnley man’s crossing on his day is unparalleled in the Premier League, his growing tendency to either lose his man or completely switch off at the wrong time has, and will, continue to punish Spurs. The art of the modern full-back is so defined by what they can offer going forward, that people often forget that a full-back is still a vital part of a side’s defence. In Trippier’s case, the benefits of his attacking quality simply no longer outweigh the consequences of his defensive mistakes.
With 22-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters impressing in the few opportunities he’s had this season, offloading Trippier in the summer may not be a big of a blow as people think. From being one of England’s World Cup heroes in 2018, to being Spurs’ ‘Mr Calamity’ this year, the right-back is the perfect example of how a footballer’s career can well and truly flip upside down.
Spurs fans, how would you feel about the club selling Kieran Trippier this summer? Does he deserve another season? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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