Kieran Trippier joined Atletico Madrid in the summer for £20 million, ending his four-season association with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year-old had been deemed surplus to requirements by boss Mauricio Pochettino and managed to fall on his feet somewhat with a move to the Spanish capital.
Under the management of Diego Simeone, he could well thrive. His debut got off to the perfect start with Trippier providing the opening goal for Alvaro Morata.
The Spanish press are certainly satisfied with the ex-Tottenham player’s contribution after his first competitive game.
A piece from well-known publication Marca read: “His crossing his almost akin to his idol, David Beckham, and you could tell as he delivered the cross for Morata on Sunday evening which was his first assist in his debut game.
“Given his performances in training and in friendlies, it was a matter of time until his first assist.”
The article by Marca actually headlines with ‘Trippier is the face of a new era’, so quite clearly his is already making an impression already.
TBR Verdict – Could Tottenham rue their decision to offload Trippier?
It’s only natural when a player makes a flying start to his new club that people will discuss whether or not the selling club will regret their decision.
With Trippier there might be a sense of injustice over how he has been treated by Tottenham.
He wasn’t at his very best last season but there is now a big void that needs filling at right-back. Essentially, they let Trippier leave without a proven replacement lined-up.
The proof will come at the end of the season. Allowing Trippier to leave, however, could well come back to haunt Pochettino and Tottenham.