Tottenham Hotspur decided to sell their first-team right-back from last season, Kieran Trippier, this summer, with his long-term successor still unknown.
Spurs got around £20m for the full-back after he endured a below-par season in North London (Guardian).
Let’s take a look at the five players who could play at right-back this year:
Kyle Walker-Peters –
Perhaps the most logical successor to Tripps, Walker-Peters played in both pre-season friendlies in Asia against Juventus and Man United. While the 22-year-old is inexperienced at the highest level, he certainly has the potential to become a good player for Tottenham. Whether he has the talent to play consistently in the Prem and Champions League is another question.
Serge Aurier –
Trippier’s number two from last season, Serge Aurier struggled with his own form and injuries throughout the campaign. Unfortunately, despite his raw pace and skill, Aurier can be pretty hot-headed and rash defensively. I would argue that he would not be an ideal starter week-in-week-out.
Recently converted to right-back for Argentine and played there once for Tottenham last season. Looks to be comfortable in the position defensively, but it remains to be seen whether he can work on his attacking game and delivery into the box. Certainly a wildcard for Poch.
Eric Dier –
Covered at right-back multiple times in his first couple of seasons in North London, although he seems to be a lot stockier and a tad slower than he was back then. Would not be my ideal choice by a long-shot, but he is definitely an option if Pochettino gets desperate through injuries.
Moussa Sissoko –
With Ndombele coming into the team and Harry Winks improving year-on-year, I suspect that Sissoko may have a slightly reduced role this season. However, seeing him cover for Trippier so much last season, I reckon he could make a good right wing-back in the long-term. He could make a similar transition to the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia at Man United.
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