Tony Cascarino: Not long before 26-year-old Tottenham star overtakes first-team ace
By Will Butcher
Tony Cascarino believes Kieran Trippier’s unwavering crossing ability is too good to see him dropped by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Trippier, 26, earned the man of the match award during the 4-0 win against Watford on Saturday, as he provided an inch-perfect assist for Spurs’ third goal at White Hart Lane.
In his Times column, former Chelsea and Celtic ace Cascarino claimed Trippier could be favoured over Walker for both club and country in the near future.
Cascarino believes Tottenham’s number 16 would also be a mainstay in most Premier League sides and is unlucky to be rivalling Walker for one slot in the Spurs side.
“This probably isn’t very fair on Kyle Walker because he has had a fine season but it can’t be long before he loses his place at right-back for Tottenham Hotspur and England to Kieran Trippier,” Cascarino said.
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“The quality of Trippier’s delivery is such that you can’t afford to leave him out of the team. He assisted Son Heung Min’s second goal, Vincent Janssen hit the bar from his cross and he put in a wonderful ball that Harry Kane should have scored from against Watford.
“I think he would get in at right-back for almost every team in the Premier League.”
Trippier made just his 16th appearance in all competitions for Spurs on Saturday as the north London outfit strolled past Walter Mazzarri’s side.
Goals from Dele Alli, Eric Dier and a superb brace from Son Heung-Min sealed the win, as Pochettino’s side kept the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.
Trippier has been rumoured to be interesting other Premier League sides ahead of the summer transfer window, as he continues to impress despite remaining as back-up.
The Sun claim Trippier has interested Everton this month and would command a fee of around £12million, as they look to fill the void left by crocked Ireland international Seamus Coleman.
Trippier could keep his place for Saturday’s clash against Bournemouth, as Pochettino looks for another three points at White Hart Lane as well as hoping Chelsea slip up against Man United.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has delivered this verdict on Spurs’ squad depth.