Tottenham Hotspur started 2017 with a bang, beating Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday to take the North London club into the Premier League top four.
Mauricio Pochettino sent his side out with a three-man defence, with Kieran Tripper filling in at right wing-back for the suspended Kyle Walker.
The former Burnley man has had to bide his time since moving to White Hart Lane, with it unfortunate that England’s first-choice right-back is ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, Trippier took his opportunity against Watford to impress Pochettino and the travelling support.
The forward-thinking defender provided assists for both of Harry Kane’s first-half goals and put in a mature performance both on the front foot and defensively.
Trippier’s quality is a testament to the strength in depth in the Tottenham squad currently and the Spurs fans were quick to acknowledge the hard-working full-back following the win at Vicarage Road – here are the best tweets.
— Barnesy (@DanielBarnes999) January 2, 2017
How good is Trippier technically though. His first touch and crossing is unreal. Good option to have in these sort of games… #COYS ðŸ¤”
— JD (@JustinVersion1) January 1, 2017
The service from Trippier on both goals gets better and better every time I watch them.
— Duke Silver COYS (@therealtak15) January 1, 2017
— Frank SÃ¦ther (@FrankSaether) January 1, 2017
Trippier today so far 35mins in , outstanding #COYS
— The Dark Knight (@B_Irwin14) January 1, 2017
Massive credit to the likes of Trippier,Davies & Wimmer,play well when called upon & never hear them moaning,Crucial to our team spirit#COYS
— martin reynolds (@martinreynolds9) January 1, 2017
Trippier was suberb today..Some of the balls he put in were stunning..especially for Kanes goals.
Great to have as back for Walker #COYS
— Knoxy (@knox2_jason) January 1, 2017
— Tim Kitchen (@Mr_Luckbox) January 1, 2017
Trippier's crossing was immense, a shame he doesn't get more opportunities…Nice problem to have though.
— Braden Davidson (@COYS_10) January 1, 2017
Have to say Trippier was impressive today! Must have run kane close for MOTM #COYS
— Coilm Mc Ardle (@CoilmMc) January 1, 2017