Harry Redknapp has told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT (Wednesday 8:13am) that he cannot understand why Tottenham Hotspur decided to sell right-back Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.
After four years at Tottenham and 114 appearances, 29-year-old defender Trippier opted to end his spell in north London and try something new – with a move to Spain and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid for £20million (Guardian).
Spurs failed to replace Trippier in the summer, leaving them with just Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Aurier has struggled, being sent off against Southampton and torn to shreds by Serge Gnabry against Bayern Munich.
Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has questioned the decision to sell the ex-Manchester City and Burnley defender. Redknapp described the sale as a “bit of a strange one”.
TBR’s view – Were Spurs wrong to sell Trippier?
His form has been superb in Spain. Indeed, the England international struggled in his final season at Tottenham and even lost his place in the England side. However, his form at Atleti has seen him recover his England spot.
That is because Trippier has helped Atleti keep five clean sheets in seven La Liga outings, and laid on an assist against Juventus in the Champions League to secure an injury-time point. Spurs were wrong to sell Trippier, and his Atleti form is compounding that error.