Tottenham have started the 2019/20 campaign in decent fettle, beating Aston Villa on the opening day and drawing at Manchester City at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino strengthened his squad during the summer. He landed Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
One man who was offloaded during the summer months was defender Kieran Trippier. The 28-year-old joined Atletico Madrid for £20 million (The Guardian), ending a four-season stint at Tottenham.
The England man got off to a flying start at the Wanda Metropolitano too. His stunning cross for Alvaro Morata’s winner against Getafe on Sunday saw him instantly adhered to the Los Rojiblancos faithful.
Almost immediately after Trippier’s departure Juan Foyth suffered an injury which will see him sidelined for a little while.
That leaves Kyle Walker-Peters as the only senior right-back at the club right now and Pochettino might live to regret offloading Trippier.
Although the defender was below-par last season he perhaps should have been persisted with for a while longer.
He clearly has the ability but literally just lost his way during last season.
Trippier’s delivery into the box is sensational and he can also be an asset from set-pieces.
Tottenham are now in a position where Walker-Peters is thrown in at the deep end.
That might work out quite well but there are question marks over whether or not he is ready to be playing week in, week out at elite level.
The former Tottenham man got off to a great start at his new club and maybe he just needed a show of faith from Pochettino.