Manchester United is interested in signing Kieran Trippier to their club. Previously it had been reported that the club has cooled its interest in the player. But now it has been reported that the club wishes to sign the player in a manner to keep squad depth. If Diogo Dalot was to be loaned or sold towards the end of the Transfer Season.
Kieran Trippier this year shall turn 31 years old in September. His preferred position is the right-back while he can also play as a right midfielder. He was a part of the England Euro squad this year helping the nation get to the final of the competition. He was sold to Atletico Marid for £19.80m by Tottenham Hotspur after the player didn’t get adequate playing time. While at Atletico the player has assisted 11 goals in his two seasons with the club. He averaged 1.3 key passes per 90 last season with a 76% successful dribble rate. While being in quite a defensive system, Tripper is allowed to overlap his winger. According to his average positions, the player enjoys matching deep runs into the opponent’s half when possible. This playstyle is what Manchester United wishes a fullback to have in their squad which Kieran Trippier can provide to the team.
Currently, the player is valued at £18.00m according to Transfermarkt. While looking at his stats from last season, he had made 2.2 successful tackles per 90. He had a pass accuracy of 79% while making 1.4 interceptions per 90. According to FB-REF, Kieran Trippier is in the top 85% of fullbacks in the following stats( per 90)
- Assists (0.17)
- Shot creating actions (2.75)
- Passes Attempted (66.54)
- Progressive passes (7.70)
- Aerial Duels won (1.88)
- Progressive Passes Received (3.59)
Why Should Manchester United Sign Kieran Tripper?
While comparing Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Kieran Tripper for Manchester United this signing would make sense. Kieran is going to turn 31 and they have no other right-back who has a similar playing style to that of Aaron. Comparing their average positions last season, it is nearly the same. Each of the players hugs the right touchline and overlaps their winger when possible. Their tackles and passing accuracy per 90 are similar as well. If Manchester United wishes to sign Kieran Tripper on the basis of having squad depth and for squad rotation. This would be a smart choice. With Kieran being English as well, it helps fill the homegrown quota while avoiding a partial English tax.