Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has received some major criticism from supporters during various points of the season, but he looked much more like his old self against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Spurs managed to record a 1-0 victory at home to their English rivals in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side scored a vital goal through Heung-Min Son late on, but perhaps more importantly kept a clean sheet and didn’t allowed Manchester City an away goal in the tie.
The entire backline were switched on during the game, including goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who made a save from a Sergio Aguero in the first-half.
Trippier was included in the starting XI and he’s not quite been on top of his game consistently enough during the campaign.
The 28-year-old did save a solid display though for a European showdown and he looked fairly dependable.
He managed to defend well against his England teammate Raheem Sterling and do his best to contain the in-form winger.
Trippier is quite often caught out with his back to goal and criticised for it, but he made several tackles and played his part in the clean sheet.
The right-back tried to offer support going forward too and it was much more towards the level he can achieve.
According to the Evening Standard, Trippier is top of the list of players that Spurs will consider selling in the summer.
But perhaps the club will have to rethink potential plans to offload the England international if he can retain some strong form at their new stadium.
He was always likely to suffer a blip after a brilliant World Cup and he should get the remainder of the season to prove himself before a decision is made.