On June 11th 2018, Kieran Trippier sent his stock into the footballing stratosphere with a stunning free-kick against Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup.
It was the zenith of a fantastic tournament for the former Burnley man who, in one glorious moment, effectively made himself a national hero.
We all know that was as good as it got for the Three Lions. They eventually lost the game 2-1, leaving Russia empty handed after weeks of optimism. Whilst the tournament ultimately ended in disappointment, Gareth Southgate’s team could hold their heads high, but especially Bury’s answer to David Beckham.
Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, however, it seems he peaked last summer.
The following campaign was a disastrous one for Trippier on a personal level, and his future in north London is now uncertain with Serie A heavyweights Juventus and Napoli eyeing a summer move, per Daily Mirror.
After making a handful of individual mistakes – such as the calamitous own goal against Chelsea in February – and consistently putting in sub-standard performances, it comes as something of a surprise to see a club of Juventus’ prestige expressing an interest in Trippier.
However, it wasn’t a completely calamitous season for the Manchester City academy graduate. Despite his notable drop in form, he still provided a threat going forward with 1.8 key passes per match in the Premier League and played in eight Champions League fixtures last season en route to the final.
Harry Kane, in particular, has benefited from Trippier’s wicked deliveries from the flank. Since August 2017, no-one has provided more Premier League assists for another player than the seven Trippier has provided for Kane according to The Panini Tabloid.
That statistic alone is compelling enough to hint that the England international is still of value to Tottenham. Kane is Pochettino’s deadliest weapon and the player they turn to in their hour of need – even during an injury-hit 2018/19, the England captain bagged 24 strikes in all competitions – and Trippier’s brilliant connection with the centre-forward is there for all to see.
Whilst it may not have been a good year last time around, it was an uncharacteristic of an otherwise dependable full-back who has amassed over 100 appearances for Spurs and impressed at a major international tournament. With that said, it would be no great surprise if he bounced back next season.
A revival in the World Cup hero’s form could lead to an improvement in Kane’s, whose 17-goal haul in the Premier League last season was his lowest since 2013/14 as he battled those aforementioned injury problems.
Without Trippier’s wicked delivery from the flanks his Spurs team-mate’s goal scoring return could well take a hit.
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