Cape Town - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
has stated that the club were fortunate to sign Kieran Trippier and
praised the defender's dogged determination to succeed.
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Spurs bought the England international from a relegated Burnley side
back in 2015 for only around £3 million to provide competition for Kyle
Walker, who has since left for Manchester City.
Trippier, who scored a brilliant free-kick in the 3-1 win over Fulham
on Saturday, has gone on to establish himself as a top right-back, and
Pochettino says the north Londoners are lucky to have him.
"Sometimes things happen, sometimes you're lucky and of course when
we signed Kieran, we were trying to challenge Walker," the Argentine
"We improve them and give them better tools to improve, but sometimes
we need luck too and he deserves the credit because he made the effort
to improve and step up his career."
Pochettino added: "It's not easy but I said before, it's difficult
because at full-back we have young players, but yes, sometimes you need
to take decisions and I am happy with the squad.
"We feel to perform and keep the same level you need players that need to wait for their opportunity.
"There are a lot of games to play and the Premier League is so
competitive, injuries, tiredness, if you compete in the Champions League
and cups, I think international games too it's important to have a