Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy illustrated a benefit in new Spurs signing Kieran Trippier on talkSPORT, that wasn’t evident in any player the club signed with cash generated from selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
The dust has long since settled on Trippier’s move to the club from recently relegated Burnley and Murphy has suggested that the defender’s Premier League experience is something that will help him to settle in quickly.
“Trippier’s played in the Premier League and out of the seven signings they made with the Bale money, not one had played in the Premier League,” he told talkSPORT.
Why does Trippier’s Premier League experience matter?
Some will point out that Trippier played in a back four last season, which wasn’t enough to keep Burnley from being relegated out of the Premier League.
However, his brief experience with the division removes the need of a settling in notiong; he knows the demands of the division and exactly what’s expected of him.
He may also have one or two areas based on last season that he wants to work on.
Burnley were overrun in some games and Trippier may feel as though he’s got a point to prove in terms of his defensive quality and the defensive resilience that he’s capable of for big games.
His Premier League experience also matters because he’ll be used to the fast pace of the football and the physical nature of the division.
Occasions where he may have been bullied in a physical sense last season are less likely to repeat themselves and generally, despite the relegation, he is now a better defender as a result.