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Gareth Southgate thinks one player has become an “animal” since leaving Tottenham

Kieran Trippier in action for Tottneham

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Gareth Southgate thinks Kieran Trippier’s move from Tottenham has made him a different player.

Trippier had lost the Champions League final with Spurs, later deciding on leaving the club for joining Atletico Madrid.

Since making a move to the Spanish side, the 30-year-old has established himself as one of the key players in Diego Simeone’s team.

“What Kieran has, firstly, is hugely underestimated,” Southgate told The Guardian when speaking about the former Spurs player.

“People are still seeing the lad that was at Spurs a couple of years ago and not the defensive animal that has grown at Atlético Madrid, trusted by one of the best and most successful coaches in the world.”

“He gets his distances right on cover, he’s good one-v-one to stop crosses and his talking is really good. There was always going to be changes to our back four and we felt that communication and organisation was an important part.”

Source: HITC 

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