Kieran Trippier has admitted that his last few months at Tottenham Hotspur were quite difficult and that he struggled to deal with the criticism he was receiving on social media.
Trippier spent four seasons at Spurs after joining the club from Burnley in the summer of 2015 and he developed into a top right-back during his time at the club, even winning a place in the England team.
However, he had a significant drop-off in his final season at Spurs, with his defensive mistakes costing Mauricio Pochettino’s men on several occasions.
Trippier eventually joined Atletico Madrid where he improved his defensive game under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, playing a valued part in the club’s title win in 2020-21.
The former Tottenham man has been one of the standout right-backs in the Premier League since joining Newcastle United in January of last year.
The 32-year-old has now opened up on the circumstances behind his Tottenham exit back four years ago.
He said on the High Performance Podcast: “For me, the last few months at Tottenham were so so hard on me.
“Getting called all loads of names on social media.
“I knew two months probably two months before (the Champions League final) that my time was probably coming to an end at Tottenham anyway.
“And then yeah, Atletico Madrid came in out of nowhere.”
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All players go through spells where their confidence is low and they are thus not able to showcase their best.
When fans get on their back at times like that, it only serves to dent their confidence even further.
That is one of the unfortunate things about modern football fandom when supporters feel entitled to boo or abuse their own players.
Trippier is not the first Spurs player who has been scapegoated by the fan base and will not be the last.
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