The rumors are true, as Tottenham Hotspur have brought aboard 24-year-old right back Kieran Trippier from Burnley, both improving the North London club and sending off alarm bells for supporters of USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin.
Trippier made 185 appearances for the Clarets, and was twice named in the Championship’s Best XI before the club was promoted to the Premier League before last season.
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“It’s a great opportunity for me to sign for Spurs,” he said. “When I first heard that the Club was interested I didn’t have to think twice because it’s such a big club and now I just can’t wait to get started and show everyone what I can do.
“I’m very keen to perform in training every single day, do the best I can and hopefully get the nod from the gaffer. Whenever I get a chance, I want to do well for the other players, the staff and, of course, the fans.
“The squad here is unbelievable, there’s so much quality in the team and I’m really looking forward to starting work in pre-season and being a part of that.”
With Kyle Walker also in the fold at right back for Spurs, the Trippier move has been spurring on loan rumors for right back Yedlin, who just arrived at White Hart Lane in the winter.
Here’s John Percy of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph:
Kieran Trippier has completed medical at Spurs ahead of a £3.5m move from Burnley. DeAndre Yedlin could join Norwich on loan #thfc
— John Percy (@John__Percy) June 17, 2015
While the Trippier signing isn’t much of an endorsement of the soon-to-be 22-year-old Yedlin, a loan move for someone his age is far from unusual and also not a shot at the player’s progress. Regular playing time at Carrow Road is a good bet, and a good step in his progress for both club and country.
Of course, it’s also possible Mauricio Pochettino sees Yedlin in a more advanced role, or is just building up his stable for the Europa League.