Kieran Trippier put in his best Tottenham performance v Qarabag.
Trippier’s arrival at White Hart Lane over the summer was highly lauded, with many expecting him to claim the starting right-back role as his own.
However, he has so far struggled at Spurs. He has managed just eight minutes of Premier League football, and has struggled in his outings in the League Cup and Europa League.
Given these backup competitions to impress, the full-back has looked far from the required quality needed for Tottenham in his previous appearances.
Yet, he put these performances behind him on Thursday evening, when Spurs took on Azerbaijani side Qarabag.
Trippier was Tottenham’s most consistent player across the entire 90 minutes, and it was by far his best game in a Spurs shirt since his summer arrival.
Defensively, he was imperious. He won a game-high six tackles, a game-high four aerial duels, and also completed one successful clearance. Trippier never lost a take on when one of Qarabag’s players ran at him, and it was the most assured he has looked for the Lilywhites.
At Burnley, Tripper made his name as a marauding full-back, with his crossing and passing ability one part of his game highly lauded. He has yet to show this at Spurs, although the game against Qarabag saw some indications of his attacking intent.
He completed one dribble and one key pass, and managed to put four crosses into the opposition area. The full-back also completed seven of seven attempted long-balls, and his pass accuracy of 85.7% is highly respectable for a defender.
Trippier looks to finally be growing into the player many believed he could become at White Hart Lane, and this 1-0 victory over Qarabag could be a watershed moment in his career as a Tottenham star.