Why I am furious with Tottenham’s decision over full-backs this summer

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur look to be selling their two first-choice full-backs this summer, with Kieran Trippier set for a medical with Atletico today (Football London) and Rose being left at home from the pre-season tour of Asia (Tottenham).

Neither of these stars are in the final year of their contracts and neither are yet in their thirties either, with prime years still ahead of them.

While Trippier had a poor season last year, so did a number of the Tottenham squad. I believe that Tripps was used as a bit of a scapegoat for certain performances and the crowd turned on him.

Seeing a fanbase turn on a player who clearly has passion for the badge is disgusting in my view and it seems a shame that Trippier has to leave in such circumstances.

Seeing his form in the 2017/18 season and going into the World Cup in Russia, I honestly believe that he would have been back to his best with a pre-season under his belt. I am also predicting a good campaign in Spain for the England man.

As for Danny Rose, his move is even stranger to me. Unlike Trippier, Danny was back to his top form towards the end of last season, particularly in the Champions League.

Rose just plays with such unparalleled power, aggression, and passion, which is amazing to see. I also believe that he has a lot to offer the club still, and Spurs should be sticking with him after all he has been through in his 12 years in a Lilywhite shirt.

Is Walker-Peters ready? For me, he needs a season as the second choice first. Is Aurier good enough? I believe Trippier is far better, and even if he leaves, Aurier is far from the standard needed. Is Davies better than Rose? In my mind, no.

Spurs don’t even seem to be too close to any replacements this summer, and my estimations regarding Tottenham’s transfer window are dipping dramatically.

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  1. Anyone who knows football would agree that Spurs fullback situation needed improving.

    Rose has pace, but poor crossing ability. Trippier has good crossing ability, but lacks pace. Aurier has pace, but once again cannot cross the ball and is also a defensive liability.

    Foyth looks a good prospect at right back and there are several quality prospects that could be brought in to improve the left back position.

    This is a very positive situation. You are looking at it all wrong.

  2. So you know better than the manager do you? I agree with regards to Danny but he is prone to running his mouth and that could be his downfall with Pochettino. I have no issue with them getting rid of Trippier what so ever. Regarding Serge Aurier, I say remember Moussa Sissoko and the feelings a lot of Spurs fans had towards him prior to last season. Serge is physically superior to Trippier who in my opinion is lightweight and will be found out in Madrid if the reports of him joining Athletico are to be believed.

  3. I think the article is besides the point.

    Just because Aurier isn’t a suitable RB for a top 6 club doesn’t mean Trippier is, by default, simply by being better than Aurier. Trippier is arguably the best of a bad bunch, but that still doesn’t mean he’s good enough. If KWP isn’t the future at the position, it’s time the club moved on from all 3 and addressed the position in the transfer market, hopefully with a player of CL caliber, once and for all. We have had to make do with flawed players ever since Walker left; it’s time to get fix it for good.

    As far as Rose is concerned, the same logic applies. Rose has been a good player at times, but the injuries, the attitude, etc. all point to the fact that he seems ready to move on. With the club being linked to the likes of Ryan Sessegnon and Lucas Digne (both superior options to Rose), I don’t see why the club would stop itself from improving at the LB position if the opportunity presented itself (not to mention getting younger at the position – in the Spurs system, full backs are expected to cover lots of ground at players rarely get quicker/fitter with age).

  4. The way we are going we will end up with a smaller squad than last year. We had one of the best defences in the P.L. We appear to be leaping into the unknown.

  5. Honestly, it`s mind blowing and heartbreaking in regards to Rose. I still think there is hope since i don`t see a reshuffling of fullbacks at City or Manure and Everton was never viable for a England international. Tripps in my opinion does not have the physicality anymore to get us to the level we need to be at. So good luck to him at Atletico, which is a big club.

  6. Good article and great points made.
    For me Trippier would’ve benefited from a good rest this summer after not really having a break last year because of the World Cup
    He would’ve been back to his scintillating best in the new season and I’m thoroughly disappointed the club have deemed him surplus to requirements as he always gave 110% same can be said about Danny Rose who has been a fantastic servant to the club his honest and open opinions have really endeared him to all the fans and I for one respect anybody who can truly speak there mind
    I still hope he’ll remain at the club as nothing seems to be in the pipeline at the mo but if he is to go he’ll be sorely missed COYS


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