Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has constructed a young and dynamic group that can only grow better, but it is one of the more seasoned players who has blown Micah Richards away this week.
Newcastle defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday, and Kieran Trippier once again shone brightly.
The 33-year-old was outstanding, increasing his assist total to seven after setting up Jacob Murphy for the Magpies’ opener – although a fluke from the Toon winger.
Trippier is on fire offensively, and he continues to crush his opponents defensively. On Saturday, he was rock solid, battling with Crystal Palace’s roughness to ensure Newcastle kept another clean sheet.
Newcastle were in such command by the 69th minute that Eddie Howe was able to pull Trippier off and rest him, which was great to see ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund.
The England international will look to maintain his fine form against the Bundesliga side, and Micah Richards, a pundit, has outlined why he believes the £12 million man is so underappreciated.
“I remember in training he was up against Adebayor and you know Adebayor always used to go to the left side and then hold it up and do some skills and what not,” he went on to say.
“And every time Adebayor got the ball, he annihilated Trippier in a one-on-one situation.” Mancini was the manager at the time, I believe. But what no one knew was that the best part of his game was still
ahead of him. So they were using his flaws while overlooking his talents.
“When he was allowed to go to Burnley, everyone said it was the biggest mistake ever.” Send him out on loan for a couple of seasons, and when he fills out a bit – he’s only small now, but think back then – the technique he had, the timing of his runs, the passing, the commitment he showed, he’ll be a different player. I thought he was going to be a great player.
“So he goes to Burnley and sets a record for assists in the Championship, then he goes to Spurs and does amazing there, then he goes to Atletico Madrid and wins the league there, and then he comes back and does what he does for England.”
“I just think he’s the most underappreciated full-back because we have Walker, Trent, and Reece James.” But if you’re looking for someone who will be consistent, this is the finest football I’ve ever seen him play, and he’s two years younger than me, at 33. It’s simply incredible.”