Tottenham's Kieran Trippier needs to show improvement against Qarabag

The Europa League means another Tottenham chance for Kieran Trippier.

Kyle Walker's injury free season and excellent form has made it tough for Kieran Trippier to get himself noticed.

The right-back has been an afterthought for Premier League fixtures, and has had to rely on cup competition for game time.

He is one of the players who have made the trip to Azerbaijan to face FK Qarabag on Thursday night, and has another opportunity to further his career.

Trippier needs to get himself noticed, but in his position this means not in the traditional sense of standing out by making a key attacking play.

Instead he needs to simply be solid at the back, and crucially - mistake free, something he has not been so far.

The last game against Qarabag he gave away a penalty, and then followed this up with being beaten to a header for Monaco's equaliser. In the loss to Anderlecht he was the only Spurs defender not to make a single clearance, and no tackles in the win at White Hart Lane.

Still early in his career at the club since his summer move from Burnley, Trippier needs to earn the trust of his boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He is yet to have a stand out game, and this is an important one for him, a match where he will not be expected to be outplayed by a Qarabag side regarded as outsiders to win on home soil.

There is little Trippier can do in one game to elevate himself above Kyle Walker in the pecking order, but he can show improvement and demonstrate to his head coach that he is making strides, and that throwing him in to start a Premier Lague game would not be a risk.

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