Kieran Trippier returned to the Spurs first team in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Fulham which saw him net a stunning free-kick.
However, boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted there was a slice of luck involved in the right-back’s rise to the first-team at Spurs.
“Sometimes things happen, sometimes you’re lucky and of course when we signed Kieran, we were trying to challenge Walker.”
“We improve them and give them better tools to improve, but sometimes we need luck too and he deserves the credit because he made the effort to improve and step up his career.”
Trippier claimed the first-team spot at right-back following a turbulent end at Spurs for Kyle Walker and now faces competition from Serge Aurier for the position.
“It’s not easy but I said before, it’s difficult because at full-back we have young players, but yes, sometimes you need to take decisions and I am happy with the squad.
“There are a lot of games to play and the Premier League is so competitive, injuries, tiredness, if you compete in the Champions League and cups, I think international games too it’s important to have a competitive squad.”
Will Trippier face any competition from Aurier this season for the first-team spot?
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