It has been a waiting game for Kieran Trippier at Spurs and after two seasons waiting in the wings at the club, Kyle Walker’s sale has allowed Tripps to step into the spotlight – and he’s seized his chance, according to an article on Sky Sports
He has made more Premier League starts this season than he did in either of his first two campaigns at the club, after joining from Burnley in June 2015 and the article adds that he has had an important impact, too.
It points out that Trippier has already exceeded Walker’s assists tally from last season with six to his name across all competitions, while we have kept four clean sheets in the seven league fixtures he’s started.
According to the article it is a satisfying reward for Tripps after years of hard work.
“I’m delighted,” Trippier told Sky Sports, when asked about his involvement and form this season. “When I first came here I knew it was going to be difficult challenging Walks for the spot, and I knew I was going to have to wait patiently. That’s what I’ve done. The training is difficult then and you have to be mentally strong. Now my opportunities are here, I just need to take them.”
Those years out of the action weren’t wasted for Trippier, though. and the defender describes boss Mauricio Pochettino as an “unbelievable manager” and is in no doubt about the significant improvement he’s made at Spurs as he sought to impress the Poch and his team
Trippier added “I’ve really developed since I came here under the manager,” Trippier said. “He changed me into a different player. I’ve matured and he’s developed my game. Physically, he’s got my body into shape and listening to him tactically on the field, in defending and attacking, I’ve improved.
He continued: “The training here is really difficult, especially with all the gym we do. The manager makes sure we’re all prepared for the game, no matter who we’re playing, and our mindset is to go into the game with high intensity.
“Obviously it was difficult when you’re not playing but he has always got his arm around you, telling you chances will come and to keep working hard. That’s what I was doing. I kept working hard on the training field, kept trying to impress the manager.”
The article adds that Pochettino has become convinced and points to the evidence how Trippier featured in just three of Spurs’ first 27 Premier League games last season, however he made appearances in nine of the final 11 before being trusted as first choice at right wing-back this season, despite the arrival of Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier.
The article describes Trippier’s increased involvement as of benefit to Harry Kane too citing Trippier ad creating 4 of our star strikers height goals in the Premier League so far .
The piece says that Trippier is fast becoming regarded as one of the county’s top crossers adding that his 14 assists in former club Burnley’s 2013/14 promotion campaign in the Championship adding that no player has a better rate of setting up goals in the Premier League since August 2015.
Its added that Trippier says his link-up play with Kane is no coincidence, that it is something the pair work hard on. “We talk during and before games,”:he said. “Harry always says to me he wants the ball in early, so when I’m in those areas in the final third I don’t think twice.
Trippier added: “I know where he’s going to be because we practise in training and it’s my job to put it into dangerous areas. Obviously Harry knows me, knows that when I get the ball wide I look to get it into the box and most of the time he’s been there to score. Hopefully I can get in those areas as much as I can to try to chip in with a lot of assists so we can get him the golden boot again this season.”
The consummate professional, Trippier has bided his time and is being rewarded this season. He’s Pochettino’s ideal kind of player, happy to play his part but has seized his opportunity. Question is will he win his battle with Walker for a starting berth for England at Russia 2018
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