By Abigail Withey
Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year contract after agreeing terms with the club, according to a recent report.
The Times revealed that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has promised the 26-year-old that he will be given the opportunity throughout the 2017/18 season to establish himself as the club’s first-choice right-back.
It is said that Pochettino has doubled the England international’s pay cheque to ensure he receives a £65,000-a-week wage in order to encourage him to up his performance in the squad’s backline.
The report revealed that Trippier was being encouraged to remain at the north London club in order to act as a replacement for team mate Kyle Walker who is expected to move to Manchester City during the transfer window for a value of around £40 million.
The defender joined the club in 2015 from Burnley for a fee just over £4 million, and has grown from strength-to-strength within the squad.
Trippier made 22 club appearances last season, where he also provided seven assists, with the right-back proving himself towards the end of the season in the absence of Walker.
The 26-year-old only started 11 Premier League matches, but was picked repeatedly over right-back rival Walker later in the campaign which resulted in him being the chosen full-back to start the FA Cup semi-final match against Chelsea.
The team mate rivalry spread from Tottenham to the international squad after Gareth Southgate became impressed by Trippier’s performances and was picked to play in his debut England match against France in a friendly earlier in June.
Football Insider verdict:
Pochettino will have been relieved to have secured the former Burnley defender for another five seasons. Trippier developed and improved dramatically over the previous campaign, which saw him sideline team mate Walker. If Walker leaves this summer it could mean that Trippier no longer has the competition, which could mean he’d make less of an effort knowing that he is guaranteed in the starting XI. Therefore, the Spurs boss must add another right-back to the squad this summer, as having a young player snapping at Trippier’s heels will kick the 26-year-old into action and allow him to continue showing his fighting prowess and competitiveness.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are in talks with their former midfielder.