Wednesday 16 August 2017

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier could be neighbour from hell for Heurelho Gomes

Kieran Trippier played his part in Tottenham's win over Watford
Kieran Trippier played his part in Tottenham's win over Watford

Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier could prove to be the neighbour from hell for the next few days.

The 26-year-old was a surprise inclusion for Spurs as they eased past Watford on Saturday, and he proved to be one of the best players on the pitch in the 4-0 win.

After the game, the former Burnley man carried out a signed shirt from Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, with the former Tottenham stopper now living next door to Trippier.

"We are neighbours so I asked him if I could have his shirt," he told Press Association Sport.

"I get on really well with him and we chat a lot. He's a top guy.

"But I think the next time I knock to ask if I can borrow some milk he might slam the door in my face.

"We have a bit of banter but he was a top player here and we get on really well."

Trippier laid on Son Heung-min's second goal and was a menace with his crossing all afternoon after replacing Kyle Walker in Mauricio Pochettino's side - something the former Manchester City trainee has always worked hard on.

"I've always practised ever since I was a youngster at City," he said.

"I know what an attribute it is so I try to do my best to get into positions where I can feed the ball into the strikers and create as many chances as I can. I've done that since I was a young boy.

"If you get the ball and see two or three players in the box, why wait? There is a great opportunity to get a goal, so I don't try to beat a man. I just get the ball in early because that is what strikers love.

"I speak with the strikers, so as soon as I get the ball in dangerous areas they know what's going to happen. I try to set up as many goals as I can."

The win over Watford saw Spurs temporarily close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the table to four points before the Blues won at Bournemouth later in the day.

But Tottenham play first again next weekend and, after being the side playing second most of the time as they battled forlornly with Leicester last season, Trippier is hoping for any advantage.

"We know it can be tough when you have to play after," he added.

"But we just have to concentrate on ourselves. We can't affect how Chelsea will do, we need to go into every game with a winning mentality.

"It was another good win for us and we just need to focus on next week now."

Meanwhile, former Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue is hoping two wins will be enough to assure Watford of their top-flight status.

The 28-year-old left Tottenham for Vicarage Road in 2015 and believes next weekend's visit of struggling Swansea now takes on added importance.

"We have big games in the next two," he said.

"We want to stay in the Premier League and get a lot of points as soon as possible. We need to be focused because next week will be like a final.

"You never know here - we took six points in the last two games (before Tottenham) and we want to keep going and forget this game."

Asked if two more wins would be enough to keep the Hornets up, Capoue replied: "I hope so, we will see."

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