During the summer holidays, there have been constant and stubborn transfer murmurings in the national press involving former Burnley FC star Kieran Trippier. Now an England international, a regular at Tottenham Hotspur and seemingly the commensurate professional, the transfer gossip has surprised many.
Signed by Eddie Howe from Manchester City, first on loan and then on a permanent deal in 2012, Bury born Trippier quickly became a fans favourite during his time at Turf Moor. A phenomenal right foot, great attitude and work ethic, many mourned when Trippier left in the summer of 2014 to take the deserved step up and join Tottenham Hotspur.
A call up to England’s World Cup squad in 2018 and a number of quality performances resulted in many commentators naming Trippier as England’s stand out performer in Russia. Trippier looked set to remain an England regular for the foreseeable future. The brave move to relocate to the capital and to compete against the world class Kyle Walker had seemingly proved a justified decision. No one could have guessed that only 12 months later, Trippier would be left out of the England squad and Tottenham would appear willing to let Trippier leave.
Napoli are rumoured to be long term admirers. Manchester United are certainly in the market for a right back following the release of Valencia and Trippier is being mentioned more and more as a possible replacement. Would Pochettino really sell? Time will tell. Max Aarons, the Norwich FC fullback, is rumoured to be attracting the attention of all the Premiership’s big clubs, including Spurs, after an excellent season in the Championship. Kyle Walker-Peters appears to be a home grown, but perhaps more a long term rival, for Trippier’s position in the Tottenham team.
Maybe Sean Dyche could pull off the transfer coup of all transfer coups and persuade Trippier to return to the North West. Some may scoff but is it completely beyond the realms of possibility? Glen Lowton and Phil Barsdley are under contract and of course never let the clarets down but the clarets have recent form for having three quality players in a single position. Dyche and Trippier have a bromance. Both are complementary of the other. Stranger things have happened, haven’t they?!