Darren Bent has suggested that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks he has made a mistake over letting Kieran Trippier leave the club for Atletico Madrid this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says the Argentine boss may feel he was a little premature to sell the 29-year-old without having a proven and reliable option to take his place.
While Serge Aurier was getting torn apart by Bayern Munich in Spurs’ 7-2 defeat to the German giants, Trippier was benched against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday, Atletico picking up a 2-0 win.
Bent says that with Aurier looking like a liability at the back and Kyle Walker-Peters lacking in experience, he thinks Pochettino might be thinking he regrets letting the former Burnley man head out the door in north London.
Bent told Football Insider: “I’m sure Pochettino’s probably thinking: ‘Maybe I was a little bit quick to pull the trigger on Kieran Trippier and let him go.’
“Kieran Trippier was the ideal man to take over from Kyle Walker, they let him go as well, and they never really replaced him.”
Trippier played 114 times for Tottenham during his time at the north London heavyweights, taking over as Mauricio Pochettino’s number one choice at right-back after Kyle Walker’s departure.
He played 38 times for Spurs across all competitions last season, helping the Lilywhites to a Champions League final, while he has seven appearances for Atletico Madrid under his belt since heading to Spain’s capital.
Pochettino had started the season with Walker-Peters as his first-choice on the right-hand side of the defence but has since made use of Ivory Coast international Aurier and natural centre-back Davinson Sanchez in the role.
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