Only Everton's Baines bettered Tottenham's Kieran Trippier in key area last season

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Tottenham summer signing Kieran Trippier ranks second in Europe based on key passes made last season.

After an impressive debut Premier League season, it has been a summer of change for former Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier. The 24-year-old recently completed a move to Tottenham, where he will hope to challenge for a top four finish and recognition in Roy Hodgson's England squad. 

Having made 185 appearances throughout his time with the Clarets, and starting every top flight game last term, Trippier proved hugely impressive when given the opportunity to impressive at the highest stage. Following the relegation of Sean Dyche's side, it was always expected that he would make a quick return to the Premier League, and he has done so with his move to White Hart Lane. 

If there is one aspect of Trippier's game to be highlighted above any other, it is his determination to push forward and assist his side moving forward. He excelled in the final third, despite featuring for a side that ultimately fell victim to relegation, and this eagerness to build an attack whenever possible is reflected in the statistics.

In fact, across Europe's top five leagues last term, Everton's Leighton Baines (61) was the only defender to fashion more key passes than the former Manchester City trainee (59), meaning he was more creative than the likes of Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez (50) Real Madrid's Marcelo (43) and Barcelona's Dani Alves (34) - some of the most highly rated full-backs on the planet. 

  TeamAppearancesKey PassesAssists
Leighton Baines Everton 31 61 9
Kieran Trippier Burnley 38 59 4
Ricardo Rodriguez Wolfsburg 26 50 4
Marcelo Real Madrid 34 43 7
Mariano Bordeaux 31 43 3

For Spurs fans this means one thing. You can expect to see plenty of attacking movement down the right-flank whenever Trippier features. Last season Danny Rose proved to be the club's most adventurous full-back, recording 27 key passes in total, while Kyle Walker - the man who will compete with Trippier - managed just 11. He is a significant upgrade in this regard.  

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