Tottenham’s Kyle Walker comments on competition with Kieran Trippier

Walker and Trippier are competing for Tottenham’s first-choice right-back role.

Kyle Walker has discussed the competition he is facing from Kieran Trippier, telling the Standard that it is great to be fighting a quality player for a first-team role at Tottenham.

Walker said: “Kieran is great competition for me. We played together in an Under-19 tournament for England and I know what quality he has got. I have had to up my game and improve in training.”

Walker has certainly upped his game from last term, having seen the 25-year-old Trippier arrive at White Hart Lane from Burnley over the summer.

Walker, also 25, looked extremely poor last term, and often struggled after returning from injury. However, he has established himself back in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans, and has played every minute of every Premier League game so far this term.

Trippier has had to accept a back-up role since his move to White Hart Lane, sitting on the substitutes bench for every Premier League game, and making just one appearance for the Lilywhites in the Europa League.

He impressed last season with Burnley, and has undoubted Premier League quality, and it is a testament to Walker’s improvement that he has yet to be seriously challenged by his new teammate.

Tripper’s arrival may have stalled his own career, but it has certainly improved Walker, and that can only be good for Spurs as a team.

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