Tottenham Hotspur fans weren’t exactly disappointed when Kyle Walker left for Manchester City in a £50million deal in the summer, largely because of the form his successor Kieran Trippier had shown during the latter stages of last season.
Walker may be well on course to win his first Premier League title with City, but Trippier’s ability to sustain that form from 2016/17 has stopped his compatriot from being missed in north London, to the extent that he’s completely dropped out of the discussion landscape.
But now the debate over who the better full-back actually is has seeped into the England national team. More experienced, more physical and seemingly better-fancied by Gareth Southgate, Walker remains the obvious choice for No.2 duties, whether at full-back or wing-back, at the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Yet, Friday night’s scoreless draw with Germany represented the most significant opportunity to impress Trippier has been given in his three-game international career and the 27-year-old took it with both hands, producing the second-most chances and second-most successful dribbles of any England player while ranking first for crosses.
Walker will likely get a chance to respond to Trippier’s performance on Tuesday when the Three Lions take on Brazil. But after producing such a committed, composed and creative performance against Germany, in a particularly important role as part of England’s 3-5-2 setup, the Tottenham man has certainly laid down the gauntlet for his predecessor.