Tottenham Hotspur completed this Friday the signing of Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, on a five-year contract. The 24-year-old is the second arrival at White Hart Lane, after Austrian International, Kevin Wimmer. Burney’s right-back, had a £ 3,500 million release clause, an agreement included in his contract to move if the club should be relegated back in Championship.
Did Spurs president Daniel Levy, find a reliable defender to help the team’s failing defense, the supporters’ cross to bear ? How well do the Lane’s faithful know their new recruit ?
Kieran Jonh Trippier ( born 19 September 1990 Bury, England 178cm 71kg) started his career in the youth system at Manchester City (1999) but failed to make the breakthrough to the first team. He joined Football League Championship side Barnsley( 2010), on loan and continued with another Championship club, Burnley ( 2011), also on loan wich was made permanent in January 2012. He was named Burnley’s Player of the Year( 2012) and in the Championship PFA Team of the Year, for two consecutive seasons 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2014 he secured promotion with Burnley to the Premier League. He also represented England at all levels from under-18 to under-21.
The Clarets full-back, was the fans’ favorite, but there aren’t any hard feelings:” Everything that Kieran has stood for has been right for the club, I think declared Sean Dyche, Burnley’s Head coach. It’s been a pleasure to work with him and I’d like to wish him well.”
Trippier’s ability to go forward, a good right foot and impressive crossing skills could justify the player’s price, but is he good enough to fight with his teammates for a place in Big Four and Champions League qualification? The new Spur can also play right wing back without a dip in performance, can win most of the challenges, but needs to progress in winning headers and tackles. He’s quick and very good on set pieces, corner kicks, but maybe his strongest asset could be his passing skills and sprint speed. Alas, he lacks strength and he’s not aggressive enough for Premier League games. Physio room for starters ?
Does this signing mean that last season’s signing DeAndre Yedlin, who played only one league game will be loaned to a lesser club? Only Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has the answer.
The brand new signing is overjoyed by his good fortune:“It’s such a big club and now I just can’t wait to get started and show everyone what I can do, he said I’ll take every opportunity I get with both hands and hopefully play my part for everyone at the club.”
Well, time will tell, any thoughts ?