It’s fair to say that Kieran Trippier hasn’t had the best season. After the euphoria of England’s summer at the World Cup, he looked to be developing into England’s best right-back, but it’s been a campaign of regression for the Englishman.
Specifically, inconsistency has been a real problem for the defender, and that’s why he’s no longer the Spurs mainstay that he once was.
In truth, then, it’s no surprise that he’s been linked with a move away this week, with Di Marzio suggesting that Tottenham may accept a €35 million (£30.11 million) move for him.
Whilst it would be easy for Tottenham to accept big money and move on, given his general form, that’s a decision that they simply must think long and hard about.
That’s because, on his day, there’s no denying just how good the defender is. Last season he was stellar, and for England, he was arguably the star of the tournament. Consistent defensively whilst maintaining a great offensive threat, there’s a reason why Trippier was preferred out wide to Kyle Walker – who won the Premier League as Man City’s right-back last season.
Is he frustrating? Sure. Can he struggle? Definitely. But he’s been consistent throughout much of his career, and that can’t be ignored. When he’s at his best, you’d struggle to find a more complete right-sided defender in England. He can do it all.
Clearly, then, there’s a lot of things for Tottenham to consider. A wrong move here could be a disaster. It’s not all about money, especially when you consider what he can truly offer the club.