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Trippier’s performance vs Belgium may have Tottenham chief Levy uncomfortable

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Trippier’s performance vs Belgium may have Tottenham chief Levy uncomfortable

Tottenham Hotspur appear to have entered a new dawn regarding their full-back positions.

The north Londoners splashed out £15 million to sign Matt Doherty from Wolves (Goal) and £32 million to get Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid (Sky Sports).

It’s fair to say the pair have looked good so far, especially Spaniard Reguilon.

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Doherty is still adapting to playing as part of a back four, although Mourinho has and probably will use wing-backs from time to time.

The hope will be that Doherty can be an assuring presence for Spurs defensively, as that has been something of an issue over the past couple of years.

Interestingly, that was a big criticism of Kieran Trippier who was sold by Daniel Levy in the summer of 2019 for a reported £20 million to Atletico Madrid (BBC Sport).

 

But for England against Belgium last night, Trippier showed he always had the capacity to be solid defensively.

TBR’s View – Trippier’s improved defensive nous may have Levy squirming

Ultimately, Trippier was sold due to his apparent defensive deficiencies, but it’s clear to see that working with Diego Simeone has done the player wonders.

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He was operating out of position at left wing-back at Wembley last night, but the 30-year-old was rarely dribbled past and looked a completely different player to the one that left England last year.

SofaScore rated him at 7.3 – which was bettered only by Jordan Henderson (7.7) and Romelu Lukaku (7.5) – winning three of six duels and two of two aerial duels and making four clearances.

Given his additional crossing qualities and happiness to bomb forwards, Trippier is now looking like a top all-round full-back, and Levy will be praying his new man Doherty can become the same so his £20 million sale doesn’t start to look a real blunder.

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