Former Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Trippier has revealed he didn’t open up to Mauricio Pochettino about the true nature of his injury problems in his final season at the club.
The 29-year-old left the north Londoners in the summer to embark on a new challenge at Atletico Madrid, where he has made an impressive start.
The star has nailed down a place in Diego Simeone’s starting XI, and appears to be flourishing working with a famously excellent defensive coach.
His form now is a far cry away from how he played for Spurs in 2018/19, and the former Burnley man has offered his thoughts as to why he dipped so dramatically after the World Cup.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said: “There are injuries and there are other things that happen behind the scenes and your head is not quite there.
“You are still trying to do your best but things are not quite right and it’s an awful place to be.
“Sometimes I feel that I was selfish in the sense that when I was really struggling with injuries I didn’t maybe open up to the manager and say: ‘I’m injured’. As players, we don’t want to lose our place.
“That ended up damaging me because I was getting murdered on the pitch. I was making silly errors.
“Maybe I should have taken a step back and said ‘I’m struggling’. But I just wanted to play.”
TBR’s view – Did Trippier seal his own fate?
Perhaps Trippier being totally honest about his struggles would have seen his performances on the pitch improve.
It is completely understandable though that he simply didn’t want to lose his place in the side, and if anything it shows how much he cared.
Only Trippier knows if that was truly the reason behind his poor final year, but he’s certainly turned things around now, so much so that he’s back in contention for England.