Kieran Tripper is right to stay at Spurs, despite rarely featuring in the first team since his move from Burnley.
The 25-year-old should be at the peak of his career, but has found himself restricted to the bench more often than not since arriving at White Hart Lane.
Kyle Walker appears to have cemented his position at right-back, making competition almost impossible for Trippier. So far, the latter has made just nine starts this season, with six of them coming in Europe.
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Biding his time
However, Trippier insists he is happy to wait for his chance at the club, and is right to do so as long as Spurs remain in three competitions.
He told Sky Sports: “I will just try my best and give 100 per cent. Kyle has been doing really well this season so all I can do is do my best when I get my chance.”
The English defender was given a start for the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Leicester, and may well feature in the replay at the King Power Stadium.
Like Walker, Trippier proved he can create going forward, but it is in defence that he must prove his worth after a tricky start to his time at Tottenham.
Room for rotation
While it might be difficult to gain Mauricio Pochettino’s trust on a regular basis in the Premier League, Spurs are still in both the Europa League and FA Cup, and it would be hugely difficult for Walker – who has struggled with a number of injuries over the past couple of seasons – to maintain fitness for a run in all three.
It is unfortunate for Trippier that should Spurs make the latter stages of either of the cup competitions, it is likely that Walker would displace him for the big games, but in the meantime, it is important for Trippier to make an impact in case Walker’s injuries allow him a sudden opportunity in the first team.
Europe an opportunity
Indeed, Pochettino will be thankful that he has such a high-calibre back-up. In the summer, Trippier, who found himself at Burnley after failing to make the grade at Manchester City – was in huge demand, but made his way to Tottenham despite knowing he was far from guaranteed first team football.
Now, he has a chance to make a difference to Spurs’ season, and can play a key role as they push for their first silverware since 2008.
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