Five reasons Kieran Trippier would be an ideal right-back fit for Manchester United
Trippier was previously linked to United last year and would strengthen the club’s options at right-back.
The England international has two years remaining on his current deal at Atletico and The MEN report he would be open to a return to England.
This may not be the most exciting transfer deal in the world, but it is one which would improve United’s squad. Here is a look at five reasons why Trippier would be the perfect addition at right-back…
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made 100 appearances in two seasons for United. That’s commendable, but it also speaks of a lack of competition at right-back.
Trippier is a player who Wan-Bissaka can learn from, and can also benefit from in terms of United having better rotational options.
Last season Alex Telles rotated in for cup games for Luke Shaw at left-back but Wan-Bissaka often had to do double duty as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not have the same faith in Brandon Williams to be a quality stand-in.
Telles’ arrival also sparked an improvement in Shaw’s game, and it could do the same for Wan-Bissaka. Competition between the two can only be good for United, and it will stop the former Palace talent getting too comfortable.
No long-term problem
Wan-Bissaka, 23, need not worry about being replaced long-term by Trippier, who is 30.
This is a short-term fix which can benefit Wan-Bissaka, and is preferable to United spending big on another younger right-back.
Max Aarons, 21, was previously linked but this move did not really make sense, especially with promising youngsters coming through the academy.
Ethan Laird will likely head out on loan and he is a player with a bright future at right-back. Behind him ex-Barcelona talent Marc Jurado is also developing in United’s academy.
Trippier is a player for the next two or three seasons, rather than one who would stunt the development of Laird or Jurado.
While Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s attacking limitations are somewhat overblown considering he had just one fewer assist than Luke Shaw last season, Trippier can benefit United in this regard.
Trippier is a good crosser of the ball, linking up effectively with Harry Kane for Tottenham and England, and he could benefit Edinson Cavani, who is a strong header of the ball.
He could also take corners from the right side, which would avoid Shaw having to rush back to his position on the left after taking them on the right.
Trippier has been a consistent assist provider for Atletico, with six this season and five last season.
He created an average of 1.2 chances per game in the league last season compared to Wan-Bissaka’s 0.9. In Trippier’s last season in the Premier League he averaged 1.8 per game, and this figure was 3.1 per game during Tottenham’s 2018/19 run to the Champions League final.
Trippier’s two-year spell in Spain culminated in an impressive La Liga title win for Atletico Madrid last season, in which he started 28 games.
This type of experience is important to add to a squad which has recently fallen short when it counts. He will be full of confidence and this will help him succeed at United.
Trippier for so long was in a similar situation at Spurs, but he has pushed himself and benefitted from moving to Atletico and has turned himself into a winner.
Working under a defensive minded coach like Diego Simeone will have taught him a lot and United can reap the benefits of the experience he has gained in Spain.
One of the positive aspects of a move for Trippier would be that he is spending the summer with four of United’s players at Euro 2020.
Trippier already knows Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Dean Henderson, and he can get to know them better over the next month.
We can even optimistically throw Jadon Sancho in there too, if United are also successful in landing the Dortmund winger.
This will all help Trippier settle in quickly at Manchester United if he signs, and have a positive start at Old Trafford.
Kieran Trippier: Player profile
- Bury born Trippier began in City’s academy
Trippier left City without playing a game to sign with Burnley in pursuit of regular football.
- Promotion winner
Trippier helped Burnley win promotion from the Championship in 2013/14 and managed to register 14 assists in a single season in the process.
- Four years under Pochettino
Trippier signed with Tottenham in 2015 and there he earned regular call-ups into the England squad. He also started in the 2019 Champions League final.
- World Cup star
Trippier was one of England’s best players at the 2018 World Cup, linking up effectively with Harry Kane. He scored a memorable free-kick for England in the semi-final with Croatia.
- Title win with Atletico
Trippier quit Tottenham in 2019 to pursue a new challenge with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. He won the La Liga title in his second season at the club.
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