Latest reports claim that Kevin Trippier is in line to receive a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur, raising his £50,000-a-week wages a significant bit. The 27-year-old has successfully replaced Kyle Walker to the starting right-back spot under Mauricio Pochettino and in the process has earned his place in the 23-man England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Trippier was quoted, “It’s surreal. [For the last World Cup] I was in my dad’s garden with friends and family watching on a big screen. To get an opportunity at international level, there’s no better club than Tottenham and no better manager. The manager teaches you. Even when I wasn’t playing, he was talking to me, telling me my chance will come.”
Trippier was first brought in to the White Hart Lane three years ago as backup to Walker. After serving two seasons as an understudy, the former Burnley player has established himself as one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League.
He appeared in 35 games for the Spurs last season and delivered 9 assists. His offensive tendencies were at full strength in the league games where he constantly looked to make the overlapping runs and stretch the floor.
Pochettino added Serge Aurier to the squad after the departure of Walker to Manchester City. Even with the Ivory Coast international competing for his spot, Trippier came out to establish himself as the more dependable and consistent option.
Tottenham will have to start matching the talents of the elite teams in order to finally register silverware under the Argentine boss. Keeping their core group of players is the ideal way to follow those ambitions.
Napoli had expressed interest in Tripper but he is far too valuable to the North London outfit. Pochettino came to know of what it would take to win major honours this past season.
Tottenham made an inspiring run in the UEFA Champions League by upstaging Real Madrid in the group stages. They, however, fell off in the league fixtures, dropping crucial points to mediocre sides and eventually getting knocked out by Juventus in the Round Of 16. They could not get past Manchester United either in the FA Cup semi-finals and had to settle for another season without any silverware.
With the team that the Argentine boss has accumulated, with a few extra pieces, Tottenham can successfully end the curse next season and this set of news should come as a massive boost for the fans.