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Friday, 3 February 2017

Pochettino was right not to sell Trippier and Wimmer

Mauricio Pochettino was right not to consider selling Trippier and Wimmer

The inhabitants of the Transfer tavern have come up with two players Mauricio Pochettino should have sold during the January transfer window, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer.

I'm numb with such daft suggestions. Kieran Trippier is our reserve full-back, he alternates when we have two games a week. The former England Under-21 international has played 10 games so far this season, a total of 731 minutes.

He played 3 times in the UEFA Champions League, has played in both rounds of the FA Cup and both rounds we played in the League Cup. Without him we would be left with Eric Dier who is covering for Toby Alderweireld, and Victor Wanyama as well as playing in a back three.

Without Trippier we would be stretching our resources thin, so why sell a player you need and who has been performing well? A replacement would have to be bought and trained in our system. What is the point? There is nothing wrong with Trippier, he has more assists than most full-backs in the league.

The second crazy suggestion was Kevin Wimmer, a player we need as cover for Jan Vertonghen. He has played 9 games so far this season and is in line for a few more. Perhaps the author was unaware that the Belgian is a long-term injury, perhaps again they feel an untried and untested in our system, new centre-back would be the answer.

That is simply gambling with the rest of the season. A new player needs to get fit and learn how to play a high line and be capable of changing systems. Kevin Wimmer has been trained by Pochettino to do just that, a new centre-half wouldn't be.

There simply aren't positives to selling either of them mid-season.



  1. Good points, mate, so many couch potatoes who couldn't trap a bag of cement!

  2. So many whose thinking is still stuck in the '80s with a first team and then just reserves. Or just completely thick of course ;-)




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