Date: 18th July 2019 at 8:24pm
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We all saw the news that Kieran Trippier is now an Atletico Madrid player (BBC), leaving Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth scrapping over the right-back spot in North London.

However, of the club’s four potential right-backs, it shouldn’t have been Trippier to go.

Trippier didn’t have the most outstanding season we’ve ever seen and at times the Tottenham man let his side down with some poor performances, however, he’s much more reliable than Serge Aurier, and Mauricio Pochettino could have made a big mistake by keeping the Ivorian over Trippier.

According to The Standard, it will be up to Aurier, Walker-Peters and Foyth to hold the fort at right-back next season with no new signings expected to bolster the position, however, with Aurier the most senior of the three, it’s a worrying thought that he may be relied upon week in week out in the Premier League.

The Ivorian defender showed the signs of his unreliability when he got sent off against West Ham in what was just his third appearances for the club in a 3-2 win at London Stadium last season, and after that, he went on to give away penalties against Real Madrid, Juventus and Brighton across the rest of the campaign.

In two seasons at the club, Aurier has managed just 41 games, that’s mainly down to injuries this season and the competition that he’s had from Kieran Trippier, but now it looks like the defender is set to feature a lot more for the Lilywhites over at least the next 12 months.

Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth will provide rotation and depth for Aurier, but with his temperament and ability to give a game away in a single moment, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him lose his place to one of the more junior options at right-back.

Meanwhile, Trippier will be bombing up and down the right-flank as Diego Simeone’s first-choice defender, and even after he had a poor season during 2018/19, the World Cup hero from 2018 is surely a better player to have around than Aurier.

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3 Replies to “Opinion: Tottenham have sold the wrong defender this summer”

  • Neither Aurier nor Trippier are the answer – Foyth could be and so could KWP. Glad Trips has gone and now looking forward to seeing Aurier go aswell. We are being ruthless which you have to be to get to the very top and it’s about time too.

  • Trips let us down on numerous occasions and especially on the biggest stage, he had a great world cup but that was his pinnacle, it seems that this position is our biggest weakness but Trippier was not the answer he makes too many defensive mistakes at the wrong time and puts our defence under pressure.
    £25 mill is a great price for him, I will be surprised if he ever reclaims his England spot as there are too many better backs than him around.
    But i agree its a problem area for us this season

  • It is not really a case of Trippier being either the right or wrong defender being sold. Kieran had an offer to move to Madrid and he and THFC accepted it. It was simply his choice to go to Atletico.

    I liked him. I think he has been a very good, honest and hardworking player for Spurs. I wish him all the best…

    As for his replacement? Well none of us know just yet what Pochettino’s plan is. But we do have a few options as it stands. And if we buy another RB in all the better. But, I’ll make no presumptions about all this just yet.

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