The goal that put England 1-0 up in their World Cup semifinal was not scored by a player with an exorbitant transfer fee. Nor was it scored by a renowned goal scorer. And it was not scored by anyone in the Ballon d’Or contention.
The goal was an absolute pearler of a free-kick that was curled in by Kieran Trippier, the Bury-born Tottenham right back who was signed for just £3.5 million in 2015 – the biggest bargain in recent history.
Trippier enjoyed perhaps the best World Cup of any player on the England team, drawing mass accolades while exuding confidence and defensive fortitude at the back.
His set-pieces have particularly caught the eye, whether whipping in vicious corners or scoring perhaps the most important goal in the past half century of Three Lions’ history.
And one should not forget the ice-cool penalty that the defender lashed in the top corner against Colombia that set Eric Dier up to send England through to the quarter-finals.
All of Trippier’s World Cup exploits have come on the back of a remarkable club season with Spurs, resulting in a triumphant staking of his claim to a starting position.
The defender’s superb form makes it hard to believe he was extensively signed for backup for Kyle Walker in 2015, for the ridiculously low fee of £3.5 million. In today’s market, a bargain, and even more so when you consider the quality Trippier possesses.
“For me, Kieran is one of the best English players in the Premier League and he deserves a lot of credit. Assists, playing passes, crosses he is one of the best.”
– Mauricio Pochettino rightly hailed Trippier for his skills in May.
After Walker departed for Manchester City in 2017, the Tottenham right-back slot was now Trippier’s, and even following the addition of Serge Aurier, Trippier is Mauricio Pochettino’s best option in that position.
The Englishman has now established himself as one of the world’s best full-backs, perhaps eclipsing Walker’s form at Man City and moving the former Tottenham man to the centre of defence in the England set-up.
Signed for a minuscule fee, Kieran Trippier is without a doubt one of the best bargain buys in football and Spurs fans will be delighted they have his services at their disposal.