Tottenham’s Right Back Conundrum
It might appear that Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has pulled off another masterstroke. If the sale of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid does go ahead, the club will have offloaded a soon-to-be 29 year old for a substantial fee of £25 million and this is for a defender who struggled to find his best form in 2018/19.
It may seem that Atleti have been watching a Trippier compilation from prior to the 2018 World Cup while ignoring the right back’s performances from the previous campaign. Whatever the case may be, it seems like a good deal on Tottenham’s behalf.
Reports suggest that the transfer may go through this weekend if Tripps passes a medical and if that is the case, it will represent another case of shrewd bargaining on the part of Daniel Levy. Just as Kieran Trippier was emerging as the first choice right back at the club, Spurs sold Kyle Walker for a record fee and it seems as though the Chairman has done it again.
But while this might be seen as an impressive piece of negotiating, it does beg the question as to what comes next.
Who Steps In?
Spurs aren’t exactly short of right backs but does the replacement for Kieran Trippier come from within the club or do we need to go back out and purchase the next cab off the rank? If the man is already at the new White Hart Lane, the most obvious pick is Serge Aurier while the back up would then come from Kyle Walker-Peters.
Other Spurs fans are suggesting on social media that Juan Foyth can comfortably switch from center half to the right side of defence but many are unhappy at any of those suggestions. Aurier has yet to really provide a tangible challenge to Trippier as the club’s first choice right back while KWP continues to show good promise without suggesting that he’s quite ready to make that position his own.
As for Foyth, the Argentinian is another promising youngster but he’s simply not a right back.
What does seem to be clear is that the Trippier deal is almost certain to be confirmed in the next few days. It’s not been the best of campaigns for the former Burnley man but overall there have been more positives than downsides during his time in North London. As to what comes next for Spurs, this is far from clear cut.