Pundit expects former Spurs defender to struggle at new club

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier left the club to join Atletico Madrid this summer (Guardian).

The 28-year-old, who has spent four seasons at the club since joining from Burnley in the summer of 2015, admitted himself that his performances for Spurs last season left a lot to be desired (Sky Sports).

After having a sensational World Cup campaign with England last summer, the defender struggled to replicate the same for Spurs and was at fault for several goals Spurs conceded last season.

The full-back will now have a chance to kickstart a new chapter in his career under the watchful eyes of Diego Simeone. However, Tony Cascarino has said that he expects the former Spurs man to struggle at Madrid.

Talking about the experiences of his own playing days, the 55-year-old said that adjusting to a new culture and new country will be extremely challenging for Trippier.

Speaking to Weekend Sports Breakfast on TalkSport (20/07/2019 at 8:40 am), Cascarino said, “Strange one. Kieran has done brilliant for Burnley, exceptional for Spurs and was great for England at the World Cup. This year has been indifferent.

“When you go abroad, as like I have done, it can either way for you. He’ll feel vulnerable in the dressing room, he’ll find it difficult.

“I think he’s going into a club that’s in a bit of a transition with Griezmann leaving the football club.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty at that club right now. I think he’s going to find it very tough at Madrid. He’s going to be a [transfer] miss. He’s going to have a difficult time.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We at Spurs Web completely disagree with Cascarino as we think La Liga will suit Trippier’s style of play. Furthermore, Atletico are not the sort of team that likes their full-backs to get too high up the pitch and leave space in behind. So we should also see far fewer instances of Trippier’s lack of pace being exploited.

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  1. Tripper is a very poor defender. His major asset is going forward and creating chances with pinpoint crosses and can score from the odd free kick.

    However, time and time again last season he was a liability when we needed a solid right-back capable of not just bombing forward but also with defensive acumen.

    It was no coincidence that Southgate got the best out of Tripper playing him as a right wing-back during World Cup 2018.

    I would not be surprised if Tripper were to return to England after one season in La Liga as my feeling is that his lack of defensive qualities will be exposed.


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