In total, 95 years have passed since an Englishman donned the colours of Atlético Madrid. Until now, that is. Seemingly out of nowhere, the La Liga runners’ up announced a £21.7 million deal to bring Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. 

It was a deal met largely with confusion from short-sighted pundits whose experience of watching Diego Simeone extends to 1998 and two Champions League finals. “It’s a very very strange situation, is Atletico the right club for him? They’re an ultra-defensive club with a manager who basically says to his full-backs, ‘do not cross the halfway line’. It could be a difficult move for him,” exclaimed former England international Danny Mills. 

This scout report will provide tactical analysis to prove just how wrong Mills and co. are. Trippier has made the move to Spain and will join Simeone’s team as they look to improve on last season’s second-placed finish in La Liga. This analysis will consider how he may fit in.

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