Tottenham Hotspur are set to offer defender Kieran Trippier a new contract at the club, according to reports from ESPN.
Well, despite largely playing a peripheral figure this season, Trippier was handed a starting berth in yesterday’s crunch win over bitter rivals Arsenal, a game in which he starred.
Though the former Burnley defender still has three years to run on his current deal, Spurs are reportedly eager to reward him for his progress, as well as secure his long-term future.
Despite starting just four Premier League games this season, the 26-year-old looks an ideal fit for those on Hotspur Way, able to switch his role between a wing-back and a right-back with relative ease.
The fact Kyle Walker – usually so important to Spurs’ cause – was dropped for the visit of Arsenal is certainly a telling one.
While the England international is undoubtedly one of the best in his position, persistent links with a move to Manchester City may well have played a part in Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to leave him out.
Indeed, former Chelsea hero Frank Lampard (working on Sky Sports for yesterday’s game) suggested the Argentine coach could be ‘looking to the future’ by dropping Walker in favour of Trippier.
‘I’m a big Kyle walker fan but to be fair to Trippier, his delivery is probably a better one.’
‘If Pochettino feels Walker is looking elsewhere he may be looking to the future.’
Though Walker would certainly take some replacing, Trippier does provide an interesting alternative.
With full-backs becoming so important to a number of top European sides, keeping Trippier in north London becomes perhaps a bigger priority than warding off potential big interest in Walker.
Should they receive a lucrative offer for the latter, the former is a wonderful replacement.