An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier…
According to The Sun, the England international would cost the Magpies a fee in the region of £25m in January and would demand ‘big wages’.
The report claims that Eddie Howe wants to bolster his team with Premier League experience and Trippier is one of the players he wants to sign.
PIF need to splash the cash and ensure that they go to Atletico with a £25m offer that the Spanish side will be willing to accept. The Magpies owners must get a deal over the line for the defender as he could be a major addition to the squad.
Howe would love him at St. James’ Park as he could be a brilliant option for him at right-back, as he has proven that he can merge solid defending with an ability to make things happen going forward. Trippier also has the relevant Premier League experience to be able to come in and hit the ground running, rather than needing a few weeks or months to adjust to life in England.
Last season, he made 3.6 tackles and interceptions per game in La Liga, showcasing his defensive quality at right-back. However, he also managed 1.2 key passes per game and picked up six assists over the course of the campaign, having provided four in the previous season.
Howe would surely love the balance that he would be able to bring to the team. He has shown that he can offer a creative outlet down the right without giving up on the defensive side of his game, highlighting why he could be an excellent signing.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate lauded the defender as a ‘warrior’ earlier this year. He said:
“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.”
Speaking after an additional display vs Belgium, the England boss commented: “Trippier was like a soldier out there, unbelievable defensive performance.”
The £77k-per-week beast played for both Burnley and Tottenham in the Premier League and this shows that he knows the division and what it takes to perform at this level. Thus, it presents another reason why the ex-Bournemouth man would love him at the club. This would be a perfect deal for the Toon Army.