Former Southampton star and current Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has been left raving over the majority of the Tottenham squad ahead of the club’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
The two London sides return to league action following the international break with a derby clash which holds not just bragging rights for the victor, but also a boost in the two clubs’ hunt for a top four finish come the end of the season.
Spurs, sitting in fourth, currently lead the Blues by five points with eight games to play, knowing victory would push them further out of reach of Antonio Conte and his men.
In the build up to the showdown at Stamford Bridge, Le Tissier has been building a mixed XI of the best players, with Spurs dominating seven players to four.
Of the Tottenham stars included, it is Kieran Trippier’s name which will raise the most eyebrows, who has the likes of Serge Aurier and Victor Moses for competition, but the pundit believes the 27-year-old is among the most dangerous players in the Premier League when it comes to crossing.
He wrote in his Sky Sports column: “At right-back, Victor Moses hasn’t quite been as consistent as he was in the league-winning campaign and I like Kieran Trippier, with his delivery up there with the best around.”
The former Burnley man has made 29 appearances across all competitions this season, chipping in with eight assists, four of those coming in the top flight.
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Trippier’s inclusion in Le Tissier’s team is something of a surprise, but it acts as a testament to just how consistent he has been in the Spurs side this season. While Serge Aurier is a more adventurous full back, marauding up and down the flank with little care for his defensive duties, Trippier has proven to be a resolute defender and a potent threat when pushing forward, striking the right balance and demonstrating a maturity that the Ivorian is missing. He can therefore be frustrated to have only picked up 29 appearances to his name this season, but Pochettino’s rotation policy between league and cup means he is never going to keep that place his own.
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