Kieran Trippier ended the World Cup as a nation’s sweetheart after his glorious free-kick found the net against Croatia, but he has struggled to live up to the hype since then.
Even before staking a claim to a key role in the Three Lion’s remarkable run to the World Cup Semi-Final, the former Burnley man never showed serious signs that he could be the right-back for Mauricio Pochettino for years to come, but has been able retain a starting role.
Part of that is also thanks to Serge Aurier showing himself to be a liability more often than not, allowing the 28-year-old from Bury to record 16 starts in the Premier League, along with five outings in the Champions League and Carabao Cup combined.
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For the first time this season, however, Pochettino has a decision to make over who he fields at right-back, with Kyle Walker-Peters finally stepping out of the shadows and making his mark in the first-team.
The 21-year-old looked to have missed the train when he failed to establish himself upon Kyle Walker’s departure to Manchester City, but chalked three assists after being handed a starting role in December’s rout of Bournemouth and is starting to living up to his potential.
Pochettino must see that the England Under 21 international deserves a huge chance to impress once again against Manchester United on Sunday, otherwise he will be left to regret handing the overrated Trippier another bite at the cherry.
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