You might have heard, but Kyle Walker’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is a bit of an open question. Spurs’ first choice right back has been strongly linked with Manchester City, and recently has also been connected to a move to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. Amidst all this uncertainty over Walker, John Percy at the Telegraph reports that Spurs are ready to go into next season with Kieran Trippier, 26, as their first choice option at right back, and are set to offer Tripper a new five year contract this summer to keep him locked down with the club until 2022.
The article doesn’t state what Trippier’s new wages would be, though with him supposedly on about £35k/week, it’s very likely that he’s set for a pretty substantial pay hike with this new contract. Spurs bought Trippier two years ago from Burnley for £3.5m, and he has turned his performances this year for Tottenham into a call-up for England under Gareth Southgate. In fact, Southgate was effusive with praise for Trippier after this latest international break.
“He’s a player that I’ve watched a lot, from when he was at Burnley. He has had limited game time at Spurs but he fits the profile of a full-back that we like – he’s very good with the ball and I like his mentality.
“He’s a player we wanted to bring in so he gets a feel for how we work, and it’s a good opportunity for us to look at him.
“He and Kyle Walker will have been pushing each other every day and, in my opinion, they along with Nathaniel Clyne are the three best right-backs in the country.”
We can debate whether or not Trippier is deserving of being Mauricio Pochettino’s first option at right back. We have done so numerous times on here and I think at this point everyone is aware of this website’s collective view on that issue. I have serious misgivings about cutting bait on Walker, one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League, and going into the new season with Trippier as Spurs’ starting right back, due mostly to his limitations as a player.
However, I do think that Trippier can be a useful player on this Tottenham side and I also think he is deserving of a new contract. So this is good news for both the player and the club! I do hope, however, that it doesn’t mean that Spurs are giving up on the pursuit of another right back to replace Walker, assuming he is being sold. I’m still pretty interested in Ricardo Pereira, and going into a Champions League season with nothing but Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters fills my soul with dread.