Kieran Trippier has blamed Tottenham for mismanaging an injury which caused him to miss a crucial chunk of Atletico Madrid’s season.
The 29-year-old has been openly critical about his treatment during his last season at Spurs before he left for La Liga in the summer of 2019.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, Trippier again highlighted the fitness problems that contributed to his poor form in his final 12 months with us, revealing that he had pelvic and groin issues which required surgery.
However, Trippier claims that Spurs blocked him from having the operation, which he eventually had during Spain’s winter break in January. The full-back had to sit out seven matches as he recovered, including the first leg of Atletico’s Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.
The England international resents Spurs for not allowing him to resolve this issue sooner, telling The Mirror: “I should have had it last season at Spurs but people didn’t want me to have it then. I had so many issues with the last season there and about the way I performed and struggled with injuries.
“It got to a point where I had to have surgery this season and really I should have had it done last season. But there were so many important games… I don’t really want to go into it.”
This just highlights to me how badly we’ve managed the right-back position which has become a major issue for us now.
Here we’ve got a lad who couldn’t defend for toffee last season, playing through the pain, so that we didn’t have to use any of the other two right-backs we were left with when he departed.
It just shows how low an opinion Mauricio Pochettino must have had of Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters, and how indefensible it was of Daniel Levy not to replace Trippier last summer.