After impressing with his marauding performances in the Championship and then in the Premier League with Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur moved into the transfer market to sign Kieran Trippier in the summer window of 2015.
With 12 assists from full-back during the 2013/14 season and another 4 in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, Trippier established a solid reputation as one of the most promising attacking full-backs in the country, despite the fact he was uncapped by the national side.
And after watching Kyle Walker struggle for consistency at Tottenham, the supporters were delighted to welcome a new full-back to challenge him for a starting berth.
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@SpursOfficial good signing! coys.
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Evidently, the vast majority of Spurs supporters were pleased to welcome Trippier to the club, but very few would have predicted him to develop at the exponential rate he has demonstrated during the last three years.
Not only has Trippier blossomed under Pochettino and stepped into Kyle Walker’s shoes with ease, he has earned 15 international call-ups since joining Spurs and become one of England’s star players in the process.
Operating at right-wing-back during the World Cup, Trippier was consistently a standout performer and he almost wrote himself into England folklore by netting a glorious free-kick just five minutes into the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
Ultimately his effort counted for nothing, but if he remains fit and continues to perform at the exceptionally high level he has set for himself there is no doubt that his impact will be integral to England’s chances of reaching the final of Euro 2020.
Trippier’s development since being discarded by Manchester City in 2012 has been brilliant to watch and there’s no doubt that a case could be made to suggest the Citizens would have had a superior option to Walker at right-back if they’d given him a chance as a youngster.
The enthusiasm which the Tottenham supporters showed following the club’s official announcement regarding Trippier’s arrival has certainly been justified by his performances for both club and country in the past three years, and at 28-years-old there is still plenty to come from Bury’s answer to David Beckham.
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