Tottenham were guilty of a “terrible deal” by selling Kieran Trippier for £20million this summer, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker can’t believe the Premier League big hitters let such a valuable player leave so cheaply.
Trippier, 28, got the nod to start for England at right-back ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, former teammate Kyle Walker and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Saturday’s demolition of Bulgaria.
Whelan is convinced that Tottenham have exposed themselves badly on the right side of their defence by offloading Trippier.
“I thought he had a fantastic World Cup and would then be a long-term fixture at Tottenham,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I’m really surprised they sold him for £20million, that’s nothing these days.
“Selling him to a Champions League rival was strange. It looks like a good move for Kieran Trippier and a really bad bit of business for Tottenham.
“A terrible deal by Daniel Levy, really. He could be left ruing that. There’s probably been a fall-out between Mauricio Pochettino and Trippier, that’s usually what’s behind something like this.”
Trippier made 114 appearances for Tottenham across four seasons after signing from Burnley in the summer of 2015.
He has established himself as the first choice right-back at Atletico Madrid, starting all three of their La Liga matches so far this season.