Kieran Trippier had the summer of his life in 2018, as arguably England’s best player in their best World Cup performance since 1990.
But the flipside of that excellent tournament was a shortage of rest before Tottenham’s gruelling season kicked off, leaving a thin squad to battle on four fronts – and Trippier’s form has suffered.
But as per Football.London, Trippier has tried to explain his issues this season, saying: “I’ve been struggling with my groins for a number of months. It has been difficult to do my rehab but now I have had the three weeks, I’ve been able to do that. I feel good now.
“With the World Cup, coming back and playing straight away… I have to accept the way I played this season, I can play so much better. We’ve had like three games a week and it has been difficult to manage that.”
Trippier, who joined Spurs back in 2015 for a reported £3.5m (Guardian) deal, has suffered quite the fall from grace this season and it has resulted in him losing his place in the England squad with the UEFA Nations League looming next month.
It would be understandable if injuries had played their part – as well as a lack of rest – because Tottenham’s squad has been so stretched that the same players have played so often.
But will Spurs fans buy Trippier’s explanation or view it as an excuse?