Reports this week suggest that Tottenham Hotspur are about to complete their second summer signing, Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier.
With Kyle Walker having been at the club since 2009, and with recent signing DeAndre Yedlin showing early promise in the AIA Cup, some may be surprised that Mauricio Pochettino is even in the market for another right-back.
However the full-back position was an obvious weakness for the North London side last campaign. Walker’s injuries have stunted his progression, whilst Yedlin appears far from ready for Premier League action.
Should Yedlin inevitably move out on-loan this summer, Trippier’s appearance could provide some healthy competition for Walker.
At 24 years of age, the English defender has played at every level of football for his country, except for the senior squad. But who is this international man of mystery? Much like Kevin Wimmer, the statistics surrounding Trippier make rather satisfying reading.
Featuring in 38 games for Sean Dyche’s side last season, Trippier created a staggering 63 chances with a pass accuracy of 61%. As well as this Trippier had an average pass length of 25m, with Walker averaging a lowly 18m on his best of days.
Trippier completed 687 successful passes, with 188 successful long-balls. Something that will bring joy to many Spurs fans is that 72.2% of the right-back’s passes went forward – with the opposite of this often attracting boo’s at White Hart Lane.
Worryingly for Walker, Trippier beats him on tackles won, successful passes, total forward passes, clearances, chances created and assists during 2014/15.
Trippier appears to have been a well researched signing, partly down to the influence of Paul Mitchell’s special ‘black box’ that provides him with the necessary data to identify transfer targets.
What is clear is that Spurs are acquiring an exciting defender that could slot into Mauricio Pochettino’s system very well, with Trippier’s crossing prowess something that has been missing from the Lane for some time.