The Daily Telegraph has reported that Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a £3.5 million deal, the suggested fee by the paper, for Burnley defender Kieran Trippier.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino appears keen to get some of his transfer business for this summer done early, mirroring Manchester United, but this is one deal that doesn’t make a lot of sense for Tottenham.
Trippier’s best position is right-back where Spurs already have very good options in the form of Kyle Walker and DeAndre Yedlin.
Walker currently holds the position across the back four, with Yedlin signed last summer from Seattle in the MLS and Eric Dier also capable of covering down the right hand side if needed.
In short, if Tottenham signed Trippier, he would be way down the pecking order at the club or he’d have to adapt to a new role to try and give himself a better chance of playing.
It would take a bad injury to either Walker or Yedlin for him to rise up in terms of importance to the backline.
Yedlin’s career since he linked up with Tottenham last winter (signed last summer but stayed on loan at Seattle) has shown how difficult it is for any player to displace Walker as the club’s main right-back.
Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Naughton to Swansea last winter also shows that a new right-back shouldn’t be the club’s priority, with Naughton arguably a better player than Trippier, who has just been relegated with Burnley.
Tottenham are an attractive proposition for any player because they are one of the biggest teams in the country and represent the chance to play football in the Premier League as well as the Europa League.
There are other positions in the first team, which need to be improved before a new right-back comes in with support for Harry Kane up front, a new winger and a new centre back all arguably more important.