By Amir Mir
BBC pundit Phil Neville has hailed Tottenham outcast Kieran Tripper for his “unbelievable” performance against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The 26-year-old was given a rare start by manager Mauricio Pochettino during the 4-0 win at White Hart Lane.
Right-back Kyle Walker is usually the first name on the team sheet, but Pochettino has opted to start Trippier for two of the last three league matches.
He impressed during the win against Watford as he helped his title-chasing team secure a clean sheet added with his second-half assist.
Former Manchester United full-back Neville was full of praise for Trippier despite the limited chances given to him in the team.
“I thought he was the best player on the pitch by far,” Neville told Match of the Day which aired on BBC One on Saturday evening.
“He has had not opportunities at Spurs. For someone who has only made three starts it was an unbelievable performance.”
For the past two seasons, Pochettino has opted to rotate his full-backs during certain periods of the campaign in order to keep his team fresh.
With Walker ahead of Trippier in the selection ranks, the former Burnley man has seen his game time reduced significantly.
He has played 16 games in all competitions for Spurs this season, starting 12 of those encounters with only three starts in the league.
There are a number of important games coming up for the north London club as they aim to close the seven-point gap on leaders Chelsea and lift the FA Cup.
Champions League chasing duo Arsenal and Manchester United await Pochettino’s side in the league, while Antonio Conte’s team will aim to knock their London rivals out of the FA Cup on April 22.
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