Tottenham 2-0 Juventus
TOTTENHAM right back Kieran Trippier left Wembley on crutches on Saturday night, leaving Spurs fans questioning why they didn’t replace Kyle Walker.
Trippier heads into this season as the starting right back after Walker joined Manchester City for £50 million. Many felt the club would use that money to sign a starting right back or at least a back-up to Trippier.
However, no-one came in, with manager Mauricio Pochettino opting to trust in his squad in the belief that the answer was already in the building.
Come this morning, he may feel differently. Pochettino said after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Juventus, a goal in each half from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, that it was too early to say whether Trippier would be unavailable for their season-opener against Newcastle after he twisted his ankle during the game, but there seems to be a real sense of naivety regarding the club’s transfer policy this summer.
While Tottenham have a stellar starting 11, the back-up options are thin at best and Trippier’s injury highlights that.
Kyle Walker-Peters is the next man up for Spurs but at 20, he has yet to make his senior debut for the club and asking him to start the season as first-choice right back may be a bit too much.
Pochettino refused to give away his contingency plan for replacing Trippier for this weekend but should Tottenham delve into the transfer market, teams will know they are desperate and charge more than what the player is actually worth.
It will also require the incoming player to get to grips with Pochettino’s style of play in a matter of days, something that in the past has taken some players months.
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