No Trippier, no problem – These 2 top-class defenders are capable of doing a far better job for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur opinion: Two replacements for Trippier

Kieran Trippier has now officially left Tottenham Hotspur for the shores of Madrid. The Englishman has joined Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side after 4 great years at Spurs.

The Spurs fans will remember him fondly for his performances, especially in the last 2 years which led to an England call-up and attracting the world’s attention with his performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino will now have to look to the market for a replacement. Pochettino has always depended a lot on his full-backs to provide the width. He did it when Kyle Walker was at the club and he then switched it a little with Trippier, who is one of the best crossers in the game today.

Pochettino has the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier to fall back on, who aren’t bad options to have but perhaps aren’t ready. Serge Aurier is expendable as he’s too much of a defensive liability. Kyle Walker-Peters isn’t possibly ready at this moment in time but is one for the future.

Having said that, Spurs have already been linked with a few right-backs in Elseid Hysaj from Napoli and Youcef Atal of Nice.

Spurs have shown some intent in the transfer window with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele and should continue in this fashion to challenge for the biggest prizes again.

Let’s have a look at who would be the better fit:

Elseid Hysaj

The Albanian international had been a regular under Maurizio Sarri but has been shuffled around a little since Carlo Ancelotti but he’s still a fantastic right-back.

Hysaj is still only 2 and has a lot of years in him. He’s primarily a good defensive full-back but he did attack a little more under Maurizio Sarri and would bring balance to Spurs’ defence.

Youcef Atal

The Algerian has been one of the stars of the African Cup of Nations and is a typical modern-day full-back.

Atal is slightly younger at 23 and is the far more attacking full-back. He can also play as a winger due to his frightening pace and agility. Pochettino likes his full-backs to burst forward and his versatility would help as well.

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Verdict

If Spurs had to choose, Atal would possibly suit Pochettino’s system more than Hysaj. His young age shouldn’t be a problem if Pochettino’s there to help him develop and mature.

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Written by Suwaid Fazal

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