“I wouldn’t have let him go” – Graham Roberts claims Spurs made error in selling defender

Graham Roberts
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Graham Roberts has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to sell Kieran Trippier has proven to be a mistake.

The England international left North London to join Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019 for a £20milion fee (BBC) and has since gone on to play his way back into the England squad and also taste success having won the La Liga title last season.

Tottenham have struggled in the right-back department since the 30-year-old’s departure with Serge Aurier’s inconsistent performances and rash decision making still proving to be costly while Matt Doherty, who joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer had a difficult first season at the club

Roberts believes that Trippier was Tottenham’s best right-back at the time of his exit having performed well following Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City.

Trippier admitted he had mixed emotions about his last year at Tottenham and probably knew his time was up months before the Champions League final and even told Mauricio Pochettino that he would stay despite Atletico’s interest if the Argentine told him that he was part of his plans, only not to receive a definite answer (The Beautiful Game).

Roberts told Football FanCast: “I wouldn’t have let him go. He was the best right-back we had. When Kyle Walker went, he took over and was very, very good.

“He’s gone on to Atletico Madrid and won the league there, so we just seem to let our good players go and they go and win the league.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Roberts is correct, Trippier would walk into the Tottenham starting eleven next season ahead of Aurier, Doherty and Tanganga.

At 30, he still has a few years ahead of him and to have sold him for £20million when we’re linked with Tariq Lampety, who is valued at £50million is mind-boggling (Sky Sports).

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