Atletico Madrid are reportedly closing in on a deal for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier.
This time last summer Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier had just helped England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.
The 28-year-old had arguably been one of Gareth Southgate’s standout performers, and despite walking away with no trophy, players such as Trippier left with their heads held high.
At that time, many would have backed him to transcend his World Cup form into the up and coming season with Tottenham, but that didn’t materialise.
Instead, he now finds himself heading out of North London with Spanish side Atletico Madrid closing in on a £20 million deal for his services, according to BBC Sport.
Considering how far Trippier has fallen over these past 12 months, this is the best move of his career, and one that may help him get back to his best again.
Firstly, he will be working under the stewardship of the defensively sound Diego Simeone, who will tweak and improve the defensive side of his game.
Given time, the Argentinian will turn him into a top-notch right-back, and then added with his qualities going forward, he will be lethal in La Liga.
Secondly, the pressures at Atletico, dare it be said, are less than they are at Tottenham. The Spanish club have been successful in terms of winning trophies in recent years, as that burden of a lack of trophies is not hanging over their heads like it is at White Hart Lane.
Added with that, from Trippier’s own perspective he’s not going to be under the microscope like he would be in the Premier League, which will once again improve his game.
Thirdly, whilst Simeone would improve Trippier’s qualities as a defender, he would also add mental toughness to his game because Atletico are a team known to grind out results. Once Trippier settles in, he’ll get used to that type of mindset, which will only make him stronger, on and off the field of play.
Simply put, Trippier, who earns £65k-a-week at Tottenham [Spotrac], would be making a very wise move going to Madrid and working under Simeone because he is one of the best coaches around to correct his faults and get him back to his best.