Gareth Southgate’s World Cup heroes enjoyed one hell of a summer but the return to reality has not been a smooth one for every member of the squad.
Kieran Trippier excelled on the world stage out in Russia, but has struggled defensively since returning to Tottenham and being asked to play as an auxiliary right-back.
There has always been a suspicion that Trippier is not the best defensively – which is why the right wing-back role he took up this summer suited him so well – and this season has not done anything to dispel those concerns.
Trippier struggled again against Wolves’ pacy frontline on Saturday. Juan Foyth needed protecting on his Premier League debut, but was left exposed by Trippier outside him and gave away two penalties to allow the hosts to get back in the match from 3-0.
Mauricio Pochettino is preparing his Spurs side for a must-win Champions League clash with PSV tomorrow and Trippier’s form should concern the Argentine.
His patience with Trippier may have something to do with the fact that the alternative is Serge Aurier, but the inconsistent Ivorian should get the nod for the Dutch outfit’s visit tomorrow.
Trippier may well be suffering from a World Cup hangover but Pochettino cannot gamble on him shaking it off as soon as Tuesday.