Trippier: "I've more to offer"
Tue 18 July 2017, 13:25|Tottenham Hotspur
Fresh from signing his new contract, Kieran Trippier believes he’s improving all the time under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and feels he has even more to offer as we move forward into an exciting new era.
With Champions League experience under his belt from the first half of 2016-17, the speedy right-back shone during a run in the side towards the back end of last season, which included our final two Premier League matches ever to take place at White Hart Lane as we earned memorable victories over Arsenal and Manchester United.
His form won him a first senior England call-up and, after making his Three Lions debut against France in June, he’s keen to get going again at domestic level and pick up where he left off before the summer.
“I’m delighted with the new deal, it’s a great achievement for myself and I’m just delighted to get it signed now and get stuck in with pre-season,” said the 26-year-old, who only returned to Hotspur Way on Friday, following an extended break.
"Obviously I was raring to go all last season and the season before, I was just waiting for my opportunities. If I get the opportunity to play even more, I will grab it with both hands and I won’t look back.
“It feels like I’ve progressed a lot since I’ve been here and I’ve got to thank my team-mates and the manager for that. I’ve learned a lot - obviously I’m delighted to be with England, it was a great experience, getting the feel of it and how they work, and at the back end of last season I was really enjoying it here at the Club. I didn’t want it to end, really, because I was getting a lot of game time, so I’m just looking forward now.”
Below: Kieran with manager Mauricio Pochettino
A former Manchester City youngster, ‘Trips’ has racked up 41 games in our colours to date. Summing up his progress over the last two years, the defender confirmed: “It’s been good. Obviously I’ve learned a lot with the travelling in the Europa League and Champions League and playing with the players that we have here - and the manager also - so it’s been a great experience, a learning experience. I’m always developing and there’s more to come.
“The manager demands a lot in training and obviously on the field when it’s a matchday. He’s helped me out a lot with my defensive work, my attacking work and as an all-round player so I think I’ve changed since I first came here.
“I always believed that I could play at the top level. Even when I’ve not been playing, I’ve been keeping my head down in training and games and been working hard for my opportunities. Like I said, at the back end of last season I got more opportunities and I tried to do my best but yes, it’s been a good two years, I‘ve met a lot of good people, good team-mates and I’ve really enjoyed myself.”
After playing his part as we secured a second place finish last term - our highest final league placing for 54 years - Kieran is relishing the prospect of enjoying another positive campaign in 2017-18.
“The summer has flown by!” he smiled. “I remember the last game of the season at Hull, it only seems like yesterday. It’s gone so quick but I’ve been looking forward to coming back and kicking a ball again.
Below: Kieran on his England debut against France in June
“Obviously we want to progress from last year. We all know our own targets individually and as a group so we’ll always do our best throughout. If I get picked by the manager I will always give 100 per cent, my team-mates know that, and I’ll always do my best for the team and the club. I’ll try to get as many assists as I can if I play and hopefully chip in with a few goals as well.”
Away from the action, Kieran says he’s loving life in north London, having spent his entire career in the north of the country prior to his arrival here.
“It’s really good around this area,” he said. “It’s different from back up north, it’s so much busier down here - everything is just 100 miles an hour - but all the lads, as soon as I walked through the door, made me feel welcome, they all showed me loads of places to go and I feel like I’ve bedded in very well. They’re all quality lads here at the club as well. Everybody here, we’re all one team and we’ve got some real top lads.”