Following recent speculation, Tottenham Hotspur have now officially confirmed that right-back Kieran Tripper has joined Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
The statement read: ‘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.’
The deal was announced following news that broke earlier today which confirmed that Trippier would not be part of Tottenham’s pre-season squad.
Trippier enjoyed a long spell at Spurs, making 114 appearances in all competitions for the club (Wikipedia). However, following his breakthrough season in 2017/18 and a promising World Cup with England, Trippier failed to live up to expectations for Spurs in 2018/19 season.
Trippier’s departure leaves Spurs with two confirmed right-back options as they head into the 2019/20 campaign: Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters. However, Pochettino was also keen to trial Argentinian centre back, Juan Foyth, at right-back towards the latter stages of the season. He impressed in that position in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in April, in which he kept Raheem Sterling at bay.
There are questions marks about all three of those options, however. While Aurier has proved to be an effective attacking full-back he looks to lack the discipline and he has been prone to defensive errors in the past. Both Walker-Peters and Foyth have shown potential but whether or not either of them has what it takes to play week in week out in the Premier League is another question. Neither of the two are overly physical and may well get caught out against the stronger and pacier wingers in the league.
Spurs Web Opinion
Despite his shortcomings this season, Trippier was a fantastic servant for Spurs. He earned his first call up for England under Pochettino’s guidance and was a ready-made replacement for Kyle Walker when he left for Manchester City in 2017.
Trippier then impressed for Spurs in 2017/18 and he solidified his position as our starting right-back. Following impressive campaigns for both Spurs and England in 2017/18 the pressure was heaped on Trips as we headed into the 2018/19 season. Maybe it was the pressure that got to him this year, as he certainly wasn’t the same player we had seen the season before. Nevertheless, he was an excellent servant for the club and it’s a shame that things didn’t work out for him at Spurs.
Now Trippier has left we need to be pro-active in the market to ensure we can replace him before the new season begins. While we have three options at right-back, nothing I’ve seen so far has convinced me that any of them are first-team quality for Spurs.
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