Former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has lifted the lid on his departure from north London and explained the differences between Atletico Madrid and his old employers.
As per the Telegraph, Trippier says Atletico do more work as a defensive unit – which will help him – and also says Tottenham sold him too early.
He said: “At times we could have done more work as a unit. At Atletico, it is defensive but it’s entertaining as well. One thing I want is my defending to improve. Cholo [Simeone] is one of the best managers in the world, especially on the defensive side. There is no better person to work under.
“Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time. I tried to speak to the chairman and didn’t really get an answer. I spoke to the manager and I didn’t get a yes and I didn’t get a no. So, you get the impression.”
TBR’s View – Tottenham had enough time to replace Trippier, so why didn’t they do so?
There’s no getting away from it, Tottenham are short at right back this season. Juan Foyth may be the answer, but at present he’s an injured centre back.
Kyle Walker-Peters wasn’t blooded last season, just thrown into the deep end this. Serge Aurier isn’t good enough. Which means Davinson Sanchez played the north London derby there and Moussa Sissoko has been mooted.
Trippier explains that Tottenham had even longer than just the summer to plan for him leaving but they did not manage to source a new right back. Why?
For a club that prides itself on long-term planning, it’s strange that they left a void and Trippier appears convinced he has moved onto bigger and better things.
The Englishman struggled last season but he suggests Mauricio Pochettino’s training didn’t get the best out of him defensively, which should all change out in Spain.