Kieran heading for familiar territory
11 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Kieran Trippier was part of the Burnley side that came back from 2-0 down to draw at Manchester City last season – and now he’s hoping for even better fortunes on his return to his former stomping ground.
A product of City’s youth academy, Kieran ended up moving on to Burnley during the 2011-12 season after struggling for senior game time at the Etihad and played in excess of 175 games for the Lancashire outfit prior to his arrival at White Hart Lane in the summer.
He returned to the blue side of Manchester with Burnley last season and emerged with a surprise point thanks to a 2-2 draw but, fresh from scoring the winning goal for us against Watford last weekend, the 25-year-old has loftier ambitions ahead of our visit to City on Sunday afternoon.
“I remember last year with Burnley we went 2-0 down in the first half but managed to pull a result out,” said the right-back, who has played 14 games for us in all competitions to date.
“The manager gave us a rollicking at half-time and we just went out there with nothing to lose. It gave us the freedom to go out and play, we did that and got the result so I’ve got good memories there (at the Etihad) but hopefully we can go back this time and get the win.
“Every game is a big game for us but obviously to the outside world Manchester City against Tottenham is a huge match, so we’ll go there full of confidence and belief, do what we’ve been doing and try to get the result.”
An FA Youth Cup winner with City in 2008, Kieran (pictured, below, during his days at the Etihad) spent time out on loan at both Barnsley and Burnley prior to joining the Clarets permanently. Looking back on his early days in Manchester, he explained: “I was there from the age of eight, I came up through the youth ranks and had some great times there in the youth team but it didn’t happen for me when I got to senior level.
“I didn’t really want to keep playing reserve games, I just wanted to go out and get some Football League experience and that’s why I went out to Barnsley and Burnley and then I was delighted to go to Burnley on a permanent basis.
“I still keep in touch with the staff and a few of the lads from there who are now playing in the Football League but it’s been a good journey for me, a long journey and I’m finally at a club like Tottenham.
“It’s going to be a tough test for us at City this weekend, they’ve got some very good players, but we just need to focus on ourselves. It’s been brilliant in training this week, everyone’s been buzzing just like usual. We’re on a good run at the moment, we’ve had six games without defeat now so hopefully that can continue.”