Kieran Trippier has become the latest high profile exports from English football after making the switch from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid for around £21 million. The England right-back was doubtful about his future with Spurs at the end of last season.
Despite starting in the Champions League final against Liverpool, Trippier was not seen as a first-choice player by Mauricio Pochettino after some mediocre performances in the 2018-19 campaign. Spurs have decided to go for fresh blood and the proceeds from the sale of the player will allow the team to reinvest in the squad.
Trippier has signed a three-year contract with Atletico and he will be working under one of the best managers in European football, Diego Simeone. Speaking with delight about the move, Trippier said:
“It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve always wanted to play abroad and what a place to play. A fantastic team, an unbelievable manager and I’m just looking forward to getting on with it now.”
The deal represents a win-win situation for all parties concerned.
Trippier featured in 26 games in the Premier League last season, but there was a growing sense of directional change within Spurs. The departure of Kyle Walker was a key factor in allowing Trippier to feature in most of the games, but it was not expected to be the case going forward. The club were expected to undergo a transformation with several new players coming in. This has indeed turned out to be the case with Tanguy Ndombele breaking the club’s transfer record with his £61 million arrival.
Atletico represents a step in the right direction for Trippier, as the club are a regular when it comes to the Champions League. Diego Simeone is also regarded as one of the best managers in world football and he has been able to achieve great things even on a limited budget. Now, however, Atletico have been spending a huge sum of money with players like Joao Felix being signed for more than €100 million. Atletico have spent more than €200 million as they now aim to compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona on a consistent basis. Last season, the club finished second in the standings.
Tottenham are extremely happy to have sold Trippier for a sizeable fee after capturing the defender from Burnley for just £3.5 million back in 2015. It would have been difficult for Spurs to generate such a humongous profit after a couple of years as the player will soon be 30. The sizeable funds generated from his sale will also allow Tottenham to reinvest in the squad at a time when the club are being burdened by the stadium debt.
Meanwhile, Atletico are getting a player who is in the prime of his career. Trippier has a lot of facets like the ability to score from free kicks. As a fullback, he is equally adept at defending and attacking. Any Atletico fullback is required to have a lot of energy and Trippier fits into this category.
Trippier may not walk into the first-team straight away even if Atletico are actively seeking a replacement for Juanfran, who was released last month. There is competition for places at the Wanda Metropolitano, but this is a deal that would suit all parties.