Sky pundit: Forget Walker, Tottenham already have the next Dani Alves
By Harvey Byrne
Former Republic of Ireland international and Sky pundit Tony Cascarino has told Tottenham to forget Kyle Walker as they already have the better Kieran Trippier in their ranks.
Trippier was not usually considered a first choice for Mauricio Pochettino’s team with the 26-year-old playing just 11 minutes of Premier League football between August and January of the 2016-17 campaign.
However, he enjoyed much more first team action in the second half of the season and has regularly been favoured ahead of Walker with speculation increasingly mounting that he could depart the club this summer.
Now, Cascarino has told that he believes Trippier suits Spurs’ style better than Walker and has even told that the ex-Burnley man reminds him of the world-class Dani Alves.
“Kieran Trippier showed what an attacking threat he can provide for Tottenham in their 7-1 win away to Hull,” wrote Cascarino in his column for the Times.
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“If they want to play a style of flowing attacking football with a wide player then he is perfect for their system. Trippier wins hands down over Kyle Walker in that regard — he is a much better crosser of the ball and no full back or winger in the league can match the quality of his deliveries.
“His emergence this season is a big reason why Spurs seem prepared to consider bids for Walker. Trippier has six assists this season — with two coming yesterday to set up Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld — one more than Walker, despite playing in half as many games. Trippier reminds me of Dani Alves in the way he pushes forward.”
Trippier played 22 times in total for Tottenham in the 2016-17 season with 12 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
He provided seven assists in those encounters and played a key role in Sunday’s 7-1 demolition over Hull as he set-up two goals.
Meanwhile, Walker, who played 39 times in all competitions provided six assists.
Trippier will now be hoping to claim the right-back position as his own in the next campaign as Tottenham look to mount another title bid at Wembley.
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