By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane has hailed Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier as a player he “really likes”.
The 26-year-old has been on the fringes of the Spurs team since joining with star man Kyle Walker making the right-back position his own.
But, Trippier was named as the right wing-back in Sunday’s emphatic 6-0 FA Cup victory over Millwall where he provided the assist for Son Heung-min’s second goal while helping his side to a clean sheet.
His impressive display received plenty of plaudits from onlookers and one was Kilbane, who shared how much of a fan he was of the player.
“Kieran Trippier is a player I really like,” told Kilbane, as quoted by the official Tottenham wesbite.
“I’ve seen him develop since his move from Manchester City to Burnley, I’ve seen him develop again since he’s come to Spurs and the difficulty from his point of view is that he’s got such a good player in Kyle Walker ahead of him. That’s maybe the thing you look at.
“I’ve always felt over the last 20 years that they’ve probably had six or seven players in a side where you think ‘yes, excellent players’, I’m talking game-changers but within the squad now they’ve got 15 or 16 players that can come in like that.
“Harry Winks today, superb in coming in, Son scoring a hat-trick, he’s not necessarily a regular starter, Sissoko has come on, he’s made an impact as well, it was nice to see Janssen scoring from open play for the first time so you look at Spurs and they are in a great position.”
Despite impressing Trippier is expected to drop out of the team once more for Sunday’s Premier League match at White Hart Lane against Southampton with Walker taking up the position.
The full-back has made just 12 appearances for the north London club in total this season, but he has returned four assists.
If Tottenham also make it through to the final of the FA Cup then Trippier will have opportunity to feature more with a possible 13 fixtures left for Spurs before the season’s end.
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