“I don’t keep in touch with a lot of players” – Target managers gush amid Aston Villa ties


Aston Villa has been associated with a shock move for Atletico Madrid and England full-back Kieran Trippier. The Telegraph claims Dean Smith wants to bolster Villa’s right-back berth and is interested in a loan or permanent move for the former Burnley and Spurs man.

Trippier grabbed the headlines when he scored a stunning free kick for England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final – but he’s been on an upward trajectory since Eddie Howe took him from Man City at Turf Moor.

That’s what his managers said about him.

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Eddie Howe (Burnley)

After the right-back won Burnley’s Player of the Year award in 2012: “He’s a great hope and a great talent. He has had an exceptional season. You look at his performance now, compared to when he arrived, and there has been a big improvement.

After Trippier’s goal for England in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals: “He’s a big boy and I really enjoyed working with him. He was a positive guy, he wanted to do well, had a point to prove and was desperate to be successful.

“Watching him play at the World Cup has been great for him and his family. His dedication to improving his crossing and working on his free kicks – he often did at Burnley.

“He’s one of the best balloon cruisers I’ve ever worked with – without a doubt. It was natural for him and he set so many goals for us.

Eddie Howe, Director of Bournemouth

Sean Dyche (Burnley)

“I mentioned it years ago when I got it and we were in the Championship. I told the FA powers you should watch this boy.

“I had a lot of confidence in his abilities and I thought his defensive understanding was improving and I thought it would improve to work with me and my staff here and with the team, which it did.

“Football is all about opinions, I can only have my own and I cannot guarantee that it will rub off on others. I’m happy for him because when he first went to Tottenham it was a bit up and down and he was in and out and it was tough for him but he persevered and continues to get his rewards for what he does.

“But only because of what I’ve seen here every day, his ability is exceptional, his technical ability. I enjoyed being with him, I enjoyed that he was in our camp, I enjoyed his performance in training, his desire was improving all the time, his professionalism was improving all the time.

“He stood out for different reasons [at first], we helped him realign this aspect of his profession. I love the kid, his character, his manners, his dynamism and his determination.

“He wouldn’t really scream the odds about it, but the way he trained and walked away. There are a lot of things to love about Kieran.

“I don’t keep in touch with a lot of players because of the nature of the business, but I do with Kieran, every once in a while we share a few texts and that sort of thing because he’s just the one of the best packages that I have appeared as footballers.

Mauricio Pochettino

Discussing Trippier’s departure from Tottenham (September 2019): “I have no problem with Kieran,” Pochettino said. “In football, decisions happen and players move from club to club. We must move forward. Reality is real, but who is right in this whole process? I have fond memories of him.

Mauricio Pochettino

‘We signed him from Burnley for £ 4million when they were relegated [from the Premier League in 2015] and he was worried whether he would play or not. I said, “Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with the best platform to perform. ”

“And a year and a half later he was in the starting XI, he joined the national team, played the World Cup and now he’s with Atlético Madrid – when he was in the second division when we were there. ‘have signed. “

Diego Simeone

In his debut against Getafe: “He played very well with depth, quality and precision. His cross in Morata was great.

On his missed penalty against Lokomotiv Moscow (December 2019): “We still have a list of five shots on goal. First on this list was Trippier. He’s the best penalty taker we have. You should see him in our practice, he normally scores at least five out of six. But today, that just didn’t happen.

Gareth Southgate (England)

England manager Gareth Southgate

On the omission of the Nations League defender from last summer: “Of course Kieran Trippier had such an impact, he had such a brilliant World Cup.

“He’s been a very valuable member of our team and has a great attitude with us, a real passion to play for England, but Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Kyle (Walker) ended the season so strong.

“So it’s (right back) a position where we have a real competition for places. It is such a difficult decision that we had to make.


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