In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Newcastle United are pushing to land Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier. It is believed that the Magpies are working hard to get a deal done for the England international as soon as possible but could face competition from Chelsea in pursuit of him.
Kieran Trippier and Premier League calling. Diego Simeone confirms: “Trippier now has to decide if he wants to leave or not. We’ll move after his decision” 🏴 #Atleti
Newcastle are pushing to complete the deal as soon as possible. Let’s see if Chelsea will try to jump into it. pic.twitter.com/mZUBTIHotT
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 1, 2022
Trippier’s Unimpressive Form In Spanish Football This Season
Tripper has experienced a tough campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano so far as he has struggled to be productive for Atletico down the right flank. The former Manchester City youngster has been involved in 17 matches for the Spanish side this season, receiving a total of 1108 minutes of game time on all fronts.
The Bury-born talent has failed to give a good account of himself based on his average of 1.4 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game in La Liga. Still, Trippier has done well when distributing possession from the right-wing, as evidenced by his pass completion of 78.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).
Is Trippier The Right Choice For Newcastle United?
Trippier remains a decent crosser of the ball from the right flank and can be a solid defender at the back when he is playing with confidence on the field.
However, he has struggled to find consistency at the highest level this season, so there are some concerns over his long-term worth if the Magpies decide to move in for him this month. Trippier’s current contract with Atletico Madrid runs out in the summer of 2023 which makes him a realistic target for Newcastle United as the Spanish outfit might be inclined to cut him loose during this winter transfer period or at the end of this campaign.
We can expect the 35-time England international to enhance the quality of Eddie Howe‘s first XI. Plus, Trippier has got the experience and winning mindset to help the Tyneside outfit get out of relegation trouble in the Premier League over the new few months. With all things considered, the English sensation will be a good choice for Howe ahead of what is set to be a grueling second half of this campaign for his players.