Yesterday we completed the signing of Kieran Trippier from Burnley and although many feel that it’s an unnecessary signing considering we have several right-backs, however, I feel it’s a very shrewd purchase from Mauricio Pochettino.
Consider the right-backs we currently have in our squad. Kyle Walker is still recovering from long-term injury and his form has been very inconsistent and worrying for the future, DeAndre Yedlin is untested and still looks a very raw product to throw into the first-team right now. Eric Dier is stronger as a Centre-Back so Trippier provides solidity and continuity.
Stats compiled from last season show that Trippier is better than Walker from last season in every defensive department, includes tackles/interceptions/clearances/key passes and crosses. The crossing in particular is a key one. So often we’ve seen Walker get forward and waste final balls into the box, Trippier has shown much greater efficiency with crosses.
The other advantage that Trippier signing will do is push Walker on to improve his own game from next season. Personally I feel Kyle could do with competition for his position as he’ll feed off that, look at how much Danny Rose improved last season courtesy of Ben Davies’ arrival, it motivated him to further his own game and improve his level.
Trippier is a consistent player who has great potential to improve and will provide depth that we sorely need in our squad and if all goes well he could even become the No.1 choice at RB for Spurs next season.