Opinion: I still think Spurs were very wrong to sell Trippier and this is why

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Kieran Trippier has only played two matches in La Liga so far since his move from Spurs to Atletico Madrid, but what a time he is having in Spain.

He seems to be tipped as the new number 2 at Atletico after playing two lots of full 90 minutes and even chalking up an assist in that time (TransferMarkt).

In these two matches, WhoScored ranked him at a decent 6.96 and 7.5 respectively.

In fact, his form in pre-season and early-season has been so impressive that he has earned a recall into Gareth Southgate’s England side this week.

While I admit that Trippier had a bad season last time out, I also believe that a lot of good players have bad seasons. Remember Eden Hazard in Chelsea’s tenth place season?

I think that the right-back should have been given another chance, especially given how highly he performed in the World Cup and the season prior Spurs.

Even with my belief in him as a player aside, I would have accepted the sale if Pochettino and Levy had someone in mind to come in and replace him.

However, not only did they fail to sign a new right-back, they have thrown Kyle Walker-Peters in at the deep end as a first eleven starter when he clearly is not ready to play week in, week out.

Serge Aurier also looks as if he is on the way out, leaving just one recognised right-back at the club (Express).

This is madness and Trippier is now showing Spurs what they are missing.

This man should still be at the club.

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  1. Trippier wasn’t a good defender. For a right-back, if you don’t have the fundamentals down then that is a problem. Secondly, he doesn’t attempt to take on the opposition when in advance positions. He tended to pause and look to pass sideways. Only when the space was completely open, would he make that run. He became known as a specialist, and let it get to his head. Something he admitted in the latter part of the season. Lastly, as a fullback, he rarely got stuck in for a tackle. Pochettino was left with creating tactics for him. This meant that Sissoko was often left covering the open spaces he left when he got caught high up the pitch.

    Trippier regressed after Walker left. KWP in the glimpses he showed, was a superior defender. He just needed the experience to grow into that position. People can talk about the mistake he has made or that his small stature, but let’s not forget the countless mistakes Trippier made. The two against Ajax in the CL semi-final that led to goals.


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