Tottenham Hotspur signed Kieran Trippier back in 2015 for £3.5m from Burnely, at a time when Kyle Walker had made the number two jersey his own (Guardian).
Despite clearly being an understudy to his Spurs teammate, Tripps never once complained or took his foot off the pedal.
When his chance came, with Walker looking for an exit, Trippier stepped up and never looked back, taking Kyle out of the team.
Tripps pushed on and earned a well-deserved call-up for England, even starring as one of the best players at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
After four years at Spurs, Trippier left for Atletico Madrid yesterday (BBC) with 114 appearances under his belt (Wikipedia), just a few months after representing the Lilywhites in the Champions League final.
It would seem that this kind of service over a number of years is worth a hearty congratulations, however, the Spurs announcement was far from this.
Tottenham’s external appreciation of Trippier’s time at the club boiled down to three short sentences on the club website, with a compilation video being posted later on Twitter.
You would think that someone at Spurs could have muddled together a couple of meaningful paragraphs about Tripps’ time at the club and his contributions through the years.
If this is how we outwardly thank a player who has spent four years at the club, I for one am disappointed and a little disgusted.
The statement read (Tottenham): ‘We have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Kieran Trippier. The right-back joined us from Burnley in the summer of 2015 and made 114 appearances for us in all competitions. We wish Kieran all the best for the future.’
Meanwhile, Trippier, in the midst of his big move, was able to pen some meaningful words down on Instagram: ‘THANK YOU. I’ve met some amazing people at @spursofficial many of whom I now call my friends. To the Tottenham fans from around the world – you’ve been amazing. The support you’ve shown me and the team took us to new heights, and with the new stadium, I have no doubt that the team and fans have many exciting times ahead! Wish everyone at the club nothing but the best ⚪ #spurs #thankyou’
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