Kieran Trippier has told the Mail he would like to return to the Premier League before his career is over. The Atletico Madrid defender is set to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Tottenham fans responded to his comments, considering a comeback.
Trippier, 31, left Tottenham in the summer of 2019 for around £ 20million – joining Atletico Madrid. He had already played 114 times for Spurs, recording 24 assists during that span. The England international was made to be patient, playing behind Kyle Walker for a few seasons.
Since then, he has only gotten stronger – getting better and better as he gets older. He helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga under Diego Simeone last season – and even captained England against Andorra in the last international break. Now it looks like he wants to go back to England.
The former Manchester City ace has played 343 times in all competitions of English football – for Tottenham, Barnsley and Burnley. Small surprise therefore, that the English international 35 times wants a return. He spoke honestly with the Mail, that before his retirement he would like to come back.
“Who knows, maybe later I would like to be a manager. Who knows at the end of my career, I might play for Dyche again and get a coaching role with him, ”Trippier suggested – in a conversation with The Mail. “I would love to play in the Premier League again.”
Is Trippier still good enough for the Premier League, Tottenham?
Without a doubt. Trippier, at the moment, is probably one of the best right-backs in Champions League football. A Euro 2020 finalist, he helped Luke Shaw score against Italy – just weeks after winning the La Liga trophy. It’s been a brilliant 12 months for the right-back.
So yes, easily, Trippier is good enough for the Premier League and he will be for at least the next four years. But his heart still lies in the north of England, and a return to Burnley is something the defender has already discussed. It would definitely be a blow to Sean Dyche’s sude.
Do Tottenham need Trippier – or are they well stocked right-back?
Emerson Royal’s signing from Tottenham was impressive from Fabio Paratici. Taking advantage of Barcelona’s financial woes, the Brazil international has joined Spurs and is starting to settle in, producing improving performances in wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Behind Emerson, the options are numerous, so much so that Serge Aurier agreed to terminate his contract one year in advance. Japhet Tanganga is booming at Spurs, a true fan favorite thanks to his combative and physical performances. Matt Doherty is also an option in the right-back.
So at the moment Tottenham probably don’t need a right-back. They are well equipped in this area and Fabio Paratici would be better off going for a central midfielder or some other wide option. Even cover behind Harry Kane. But a right-back? This is probably the last area that needs recruiting.
Tottenham fans have responded on Twitter to Trippier’s comments. Some are desperate to see the Champions League defender return to the club in the future. His contract expires in the summer of 2023 – a contract that includes a release clause worth £ 50million (AS).
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