Why Kieran Trippier’s arrival at Tottenham could prove ominous for Kyle Walker

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier from Burnley.

The announcement of Kieran Trippier seemed a formality after several reports, including one in The Mirror, claiming his medical had been completed emerged in the last few days. Tottenham Hotspur have now officially announced his signing on the club website.

His arrival signals the first time Kyle Walker has had serious competition since his return to Spurs after successful loan spells away at Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

The former Burnley player offers something slightly different to Walker and the battle for a starting berth will be intense.

Below are some Premier League statistics for each player last season:

  AppearancesAssistsKey Passes (per game)Dribbled Past (per game)Crosses (per game)Tackles (per game)Clearances (per game)
Kieran Trippier 38 4 1.7 1.2 2.4 1.9 4
Kyle Walker 15 0 0.7 0.5 0.3 2.4 2.8

Trippier featured in every one of Burnley's 38 Premier League games, more than double the number Walker managed and his availability could prove to be the new signing's main asset.

Walker has had a terrible injury record in recent years and has had prolonged periods out in each of the last three seasons.

Trippier's signing could point to doubts within Spurs about Walker's long-term viability, especially considering DeAndre Yedlin's arrival in January.

Where Trippier really shines is in his offensive play. Known for his excellent delivery and connection with Danny Ings, the former Burnley man provided four assists to Walker's zero and made 1.7 key passes per game to Walker's 0.7.

The crosses per game statistics are more striking, Trippier averaged 2.4 crosses per game compared to Walker's 0.3, a stat sure to have Harry Kane licking his lips in anticipation.

Kane's goal at Goodison Park on the final day of the season demonstrated the benefit of accurate, early balls in from the right, something Walker provides far too little of.

Walker appears stronger in one-on-one duels however, only being dribbled past 0.5 times per game as opposed to Trippier's 1.2 times per game.

The England international right-back also makes more successful tackles with 2.4 per game to Trippier's 1.9. Walker's pace is his main attribute and it's nigh on impossible to get the better of him in a straight sprint but it can make him prone to positional errors when he relies on speed over smarts.

Both players offer different skill sets and are great Premier League right-backs in their own right. What was once a problem position for Spurs is now in good hands, much like the left-back spot following Ben Davies's arrival last year.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Trippier's presence propels Walker to new heights, as with the Danny Rose case.

The new arrival will have his eyes firmly fixed on that starting spot however, and Walker is sure to have a fight on his hands.

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