Kieran Trippier has been hailed as Newcastle United’s “best player” and someone who can help the club challenge for trophies, according to pundit Frank McAvennie.
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With Tuesday’s win over Everton potentially offering something of a turning point for Eddie Howe’s team, the praise for Trippier is in full flow. The first addition of the PIF era, the England international’s stunning free-kick was the icing on the cake, although the likes of George Caulkin have moved to highlight all of the other aspects of his performance.
Clearly, it’s important not to get carried away by one performance but, the point is, Trippier is the level of player Newcastle could have only dreamed of signing during the Mike Ashley era. A regular under Gareth Southgate and a key component in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga win last season, it’s hard to doubt the idea that he has instantly raised the profile of the team.
Indeed, Trippier himself has even said he hopes his arrival can tempt others into joining too.
How well did Trippier play against Everton?
According to WhoScored data, the 31-year-old had the most touches of any Newcastle player (76) and played the highest number of key passes (4). Defensively, only Joelinton attempted more tackles (7 to 5) and nobody attempted more crosses (10).
Making an impact both going forward and backwards, Trippier was arguably the standout performer alongside Allan Saint-Maximin.
What has been said about Trippier?
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie was effusive in his praise.
“He’s come straight in and made that place his own and he’s probably their best player.
“For him to get that goal last night is brilliant. He raises the standards of everyone around him.
“I bet some of those players look around and they can’t believe Trippier is there.
“Every part of his game is brilliant, his defending, his attacking. His crossing is pinpoint.
“The Newcastle fans love him already and it’s easy to see why. He’s going to be a hero for them there, what a signing.
“He’s the one who will lead them when they challenge for trophies. The way they are going it could be two or three years away.”