There’s potentially big news afoot coming out of the Tottenham Hotspur camp concerning Kieran Trippier. Matt Hughes writes in the Times of London that Spurs’ right back has signed a new five year contract at Tottenham with wages of £65,000/week.
The England international has doubled his wages to £65,000 a week and is hoping to demonstrate that he is good enough to replace Kyle Walker, who will be sold to Manchester City later this summer assuming Tottenham’s Premier League rivals meet chairman Daniel Levy’s £40 million valuation.
Tottenham are planning to add another right back to their squad, with 23-year-old Porto defender Ricardo Pereira the club’s top target, but Pochettino is seeking genuine competition for places throughout and will give Trippier opportunities to prove himself.
Trippier’s new contract has yet to be confirmed by Tottenham Hotspur on social media, meaning that we haven’t yet seen the photo of Poch with his arm around Trips’ shoulder. Regardless, this appears to be the clearest indication yet that Mauricio Pochettino considers Trips a suitable replacement for Kyle Walker, should he leave for Manchester City. However, Hughes also seems to indicate that Spurs have dropped their asking price down to £40m from the rumored £60m earlier in the summer, which seems a little weird.
Hughes goes on to say that Spurs are considering Porto right back Ricardo Pereira as a top candidate to sign if Walker does indeed depart. If that’s accurate, that’s not actually too awful. While losing Walker, one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League, will hurt, we’ve already made the case that it might make sense to cut bait on Walker for the right price and if he wants to go. Trading in Walker for Ricardo plus, say, £20m in profit makes me feel a little better about the deal; Ricardo is a young, dynamic player who looks like he could push Trippier for minutes, plus he also has the ability to play further up the pitch as a right sided midfielder.
Either way, this is good news for Trippier. The new deal catapults him into the upper tier of Tottenham’s wage structure and represents a show of faith in his abilities at a time of uncertainty. We’ll update this article if and when Spurs confirm the new contract.