By Amir Mir
Martin Keown believes if Tottenham outcast Kieran Trippier was in any other team then he would be playing
Right-back Trippier has seen his game time reduced this season due to the form and consistency levels of first team regular Kyle Walker.
However, when Mauricio Pochettino has given Trippier the opportunity to play ahead of Walker, he has impressed.
This was proven during the only time he has played 90 minutes for Spurs in the PL this season – he assisted two goals during a comfortable 4-1 at Watford.
Furthermore, when the former Burnley man replaced Walker during his side’s 2-1 win against Southampton on Sunday, Keown was full of praise for the player.
“Trippier is a player that has been excellent for Tottenham and if he was in any other team, he would be playing,” said Keown on Radio Five Live.
During the course of the season, Trippier has played 13 Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and FA Cup games for the club.
He has started ten of those matches, mainly in the cup competitions and in Europe, assisting four goals during that period and helping his side secure six clean sheets.
Prior to the win against the Saints at the weekend, first choice Walker was an injury doubt but the England international was deemed fit enough to start the match.
Trippier is likely to keep his place on the bench for the remainder of the Premier League season, but he is expected to feature for the club during their FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.
Pochettino has opted to play Trippier in all four of the club’s FA Cup wins, with their London rivals now waiting for their neighbours in the last four at Wembley.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Smith has graded Spurs’ performance against Southampton.