Report: Atletico Madrid still ruing selling Kieran Trippier to Newcastle
Spanish outlet AS has reacted to Kieran Trippier‘s performance in England’s World Cup opener by noting that Atletico Madrid are still trying to heal following his move to Newcastle United during the last January transfer window.
Trippier started the clash with Iran. And it proved to be a successful day for Gareth Southgate’s side as they won 6-2 to take command of their group.
Trippier played a key role in the Three Lions’ victory, taking most of the set-pieces throughout the game. And it is safe to say that England had a lot of joy from dead-ball situations.
Atletico regret Kieran Trippier sale
It is little surprise to see the 32-year-old impress. He has been in ‘fantastic‘ form since joining Newcastle almost 12 months ago. Certainly, he is going to be remembered as a game-changing addition for the Magpies given what has followed.
But it would appear that the move has had almost as great an impact on his old club as it has had on Eddie Howe’s side.
AS reports that the wounds from his exit are still healing. Meanwhile, they claim that Marcos Llorente has not been the same player since Trippier’s departure. And Nahuel Molina has been unable to step into his shoes.
Meanwhile, the report adds that Diego Simeone has been left with a serious problem he is yet to solve.
Trippier has not been the only inspired signing Newcastle have made under their new owners. But the importance of his move cannot be underestimated.
Following their takeover, it was clear that they had the funds to overhaul their squad. However, convincing better players to join would not necessarily be easy with the Magpies seemingly staring relegation in the face.
Trippier however, was ready to take the gamble. And it has certainly paid off for him and Newcastle.
Clearly, Atletico are nowhere near as happy about the deal which took Trippier to Tyneside.
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