A lot has been said about Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier and his future with us over the last few months.
Reports in the past have suggested that Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to offload the right-back after what has been considered a ‘poor’ campaign for him – something he later admitted when he was left out of the England squad for the Nations League finals.
However, perhaps cashing in on Trippier this summer would be a mistake for Spurs?
Although there were a few aspects of his game that had certainly been far from his best – such as his final ball into the attackers and his defensive play – he is still a quality right-back and a rest over the summer could be exactly what he needs to get back to his very best.
He starred for England in their way to the World Cup semi-final, however, that had cost him a rest period as he would have been thrown straight into pre-season workouts and then back into competitive football.
Admittedly he played more games last season, however, Trippier made more tackles (2.5 per game on average) and contributed more key passes (1.8) despite recording fewer assists. Those figures may be far from the best, but they are a helluva lot better than the worst.
Surely, giving Trippier the summer off could help him get back to his best and keeping him for another year could provide dividends for us next season.