Spurs player explains why he has gone from first choice to scapegoat

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Dom Le Roy

It has been an eventful six months or so for Kieran Trippier, he has gone from the highs of scoring in the World Cup semi-final for England to become a figure of frustration for Tottenham Hotspur fans.

The right-back looked as if he would bring his World Cup form into the new season for his club when he scored a free-kick in his first appearance back from international duty in the win against Fulham in August.

Trippier’s summer form even led him to being linked with a £50million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid (The Sun).

After linking up with the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro, Trippier has admitted that his form this season has not been up to standard.

His defensive lapses have cost Spurs dearly on a number of occasions, with some supporters preferring to see Serge Aurier start on the right side of defence.  However, the former Burnley man is focused on improving his form.

“I could have done a lot better this season,” he told The Telegraph.

“I’ve picked up a lot of injuries and there’s been games when I’ve looked back and watched, and thought ‘I could have done this better’, ‘I could have done that better’.

“It’s all about learning, but I admit I could have done a lot better. I am here now and I need to try to impress to try and start for England and try and do the best I can with every opportunity I get between now and the end of the season.”

When asked for a reason for his dip in form, Trippier added: “Obviously, I don’t go into a game not wanting to do well. I go into every game to try to do my best for my team-mates and the club.

The player also refused to blame his efforts at the World Cup as a potential reason why he has struggled: “Obviously, it’s a long World Cup getting to the semis and stuff. The Premier League come around straightaway, but it’s what we do it. It’s our job.
“If we get picked, we all want to play. People can say the World Cup is the reason why, but, for me personally, I don’t think it was. I think it’s just one of those things, you pick up injuries.
“Obviously rest is the most important thing and it would have been nice to get an extra week or something, but the season came around early, so you’ve just got to get on with it.
“There’s big games for England coming up and then obviously when we get back there is a massive six, seven weeks towards the end of the season at club level.
“There’s teams just behind us trying to catch us for the top four. We have just got to do as well as we can. We know how well we can do and, hopefully, it’ll be a good end to the season for us.”

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