Aston Villa are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.
Despite already having Matty Cash firmly established as the team’s number one right-back, it appears that Steven Gerrard is keen on strengthening his options in that area.
According to 90min, Villa – along with the likes of Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace – are willing to make a move for Trippier if Atletico give any indication that they would be ready to sell.
While Cash may be Villa’s first-choice right-back for now, a move for Trippier would add to the impressive contingent of England internationals and hopefuls currently at Villa Park.
The likes of Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins have made their Three Lions bows since making the switch to the Midlands, while Ezri Konsa is surely pushing for a call too.
In Trippier, Villa would be getting someone who has been playing at the highest level in the Champions League for a number of years now, and it’s no surprise that he’s firmly in the mix with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Reece James in that fiercely competitive right-back slot for England.
One man who appears to be a big fan of the 30-year-old is England boss Gareth Southgate himself, who has said previously: “He (Trippier) is a very underrated player. People are still looking at the player from a few years ago and not at the one who is at Atletico Madrid and playing like a warrior in the last few seasons. He is a big part of what we’ve done over the last few years and he gave a really good performance.”
After watching him shine against Belgium in October 2020, he added: “Trippier was like a soldier out there, unbelievable defensive performance.”
If Johan Lange can pull off a deal for Trippier, then Gerrard will surely be delighted at being able to call on a proven performer at both European and international level in recent years.