Ex-Spurs chief Pleat: Trippier can be real force for Newcastle

David Pleat is happy seeing Kieran Trippier back in England with Newcastle United.

In 2015, he moved from Burnley to Tottenham having impressed Pleat, their former manager, who was advising the Londoners. After a slow start, Trippier became a mainstay in the side that reached the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino four years later.

“It was a combined decision to take the boy,” Pleat told BBC Sport. “I went to watch him play for Burnley at Watford and he put two balls on a sixpence for [Jay] Rodriguez. He needs a team that is very good at keeping the ball in the middle of the pitch, so he’s confident when breaking forward.”

Trippier is also a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England side, despite competition from Kyle Walker, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“He smells opportunities to make runs, and I think he is the best option for England in possession,” said Pleat. “If Newcastle can keep the ball, he’ll be a force.

“He was patient at Tottenham, and he’s very humble. He’s not a shouter or a bawler, but he wins the respect of his team-mates with his ability.”

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