Ex-Spurs star claims this club decision was surprising and ‘a real problem’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s ex-keeper Paul Robinson has claimed that the club decision to sell Kieran Trippier came far too easily and has been a real problem this season.

Trippier had been Pochettino’s first-choice right-back for a couple of seasons, ever since Kyle Walker left for Manchester City.

However, after a poor 2018/19 campaign, Tottenham decided to cash in when Atletico Madrid came knocking for the defender.

Trippier has taken to life in Spain extremely well, while Spurs failed to sign a replacement and have been struggling ever since.

Pochettino has already trialled five current players at right-back this season, namely Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Moussa Sissoko, and Davinson Sanchez.

None of the five have been able to consistently hold down a starting spot while maintaining high-level performances as of yet, although Foyth only recently returned to the squad.

Paul Robinson gave the example of Serge Gnabry, as the Bayern Munich winger tore apart Aurier in the Champions League, saying that right-back is a real problem.

He said (Football Insider): “Spurs, surprisingly, in my opinion, let Kieran Trippier go far too easily and I can’t understand why, whether that was the player or the club’s decision.

“When things like that happen you take a risk, you leave yourself exposed if you get an injury, and they’ve really struggled at right-back this year.

“Serge Aurier, Serge Gnabry for Bayern Munich exploited that scored a hat-trick, was electric down that side and we didn’t seem to have an answer for it.

“I think the ease that they let Kieran Trippier go was a real problem.“

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  1. defensively Trippier was as bad as any of them and was the source of most of the chances against us but he was obviously much better going forward. I dont see what Foyth has done wrong, certainly the best defensive option. Typical Levy though to not sign a replacement, especially with Aurier reportedly wanting to leave in the summer, this is the sort of thing that had Poch asking to have his title changed.


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