Could Kieran Trippier be the most under rated transfer of the summer? The former Burnley right back was a standout performer in yesterday’s game and was only on for 45 minutes against the MLS All Stars (30.07.15). He showed the exact reason why we signed him – because Walker is simply not good enough. He’s a massive breath of fresh air on the right hand side, meaning we now have a right back that can not only defend, but can actually cross the ball when he’s suppose too and doesn’t think twice about his decisions.
£3.5 million is a bargain. He’s 24 years of age, meaning he’s actually 1 year younger than Walker. I think most Tottenham fans still have the perception that Kyle Walkers still young with time to improve, but already at 25, he hasn’t improved since 2013 and it was time to provide competition/ replace him. Kieron made 38 Premier League appearances last season. Yes, that means he played in every single game for Burnley, not just showing how important he was to the team but how his fitness levels and stamina are impressive, something Pochettino prides his players in. The price we picked him up for is astonishing, especially for someone who braces the English nationality. I mean just look at Nathanial Clyne signing for Liverpool for £12.5 million even though he made less appearances (35) and had 0 assists compared to Trippier’s 4 assists for a team that scored 30 goals all season. In my opinion, Trippier seems a steal for £9 million less.
Tottneham have received a lot of stick on twitter for the signing of Trippier, especially from rival fans. Simply because we signed a player from a relegated team, it automatically makes Tottenham are a bad team and Trippier a bad player. Sadly as he doesn’t hold a fee between £10-15 million he’s purely not seen as good enough. But I think as a Tottenham fan we need to stop being so defensive and angry at Levy because we don’t spend big no more. Tripper will have just as good a season as Clyne, but because Clyne holds a bigger fee he’s the better player. We need to accept that after the last big spend and how shambolic that turned out to be, we have to realise that the big fees don’t always necessarily mean better players. We signed Soldado for £28 million and a player we used to mock has now become a fans favourite and one of the most prolific strikers in Europe for a fee of £0. We won’t see any big transfer fees until the stadium is completed, so I suggest until then we give players to prove themselves no matter what the fee is.
Why is he my choice ahead of Walker? Well the answer is simple, because he’s better. He has a much better work ethic than Walker. Trippier reminds me of Dier in that way, always goes in with his heart and preparing to do any sort of dirty work to help get the team a win. He’s the nitty gritty full back we’ve been looking for but also has a classy eye when it comes to attack. He has a much better balance than most other full backs in league, especially as the new modern day full back is normally better at attacking, seeing themselves as not having to help with the defensive duties most of the time. As I stated, Kieran has a great balance between defence and attack. He, as many know, has a cracking delivery on him, like Dier. Basically, we found a smaller and faster version of Eric Dier. He reads the game the way Eric does, making some very important interceptions and cutting out potentially dangerous opposition attacks before they become real threats.
To put it clearly, Trippier should start the United game. He’s only played one half of football for Totteham and has already won me over. He deserves his chance at a big club after being released by Manchester City. No matter what he’s probably going to be better than Walker and could potentially become an unsung hero in this Tottenham side as long as he continues to consistently perform the way he already does.
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