Tired of the word “money” when referencing world football moves? We’re not, and Kieran Trippier’s move to Newcastle United is a perfect example. It was never about the money according to England international midfielder Eddie Howe.
Kieran Trippier: Defender did not join Newcastle United for money, says Eddie Howe. Kieran Trippier signed a 5-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur worth £3.5 million per year in September 2016 and is now on the verge of being England’s number one left back after Danny Rose was ruled out of the World Cup because of injury.
Kieran Trippier (left) has 35 England caps.
Eddie Howe claims that Kieran Trippier joined Newcastle United for the “challenge” rather than the “money rewards.”
Trippier, 31, joined Newcastle for £12 million plus add-ons from Atletico Madrid. He is the club’s first acquisition since the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover in October.
The England defender has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.
“It’s an indication that the club has a lot of clout – and I’m not talking about money,” head coach Howe stated.
“Kieran isn’t interested in the contract’s financial perks. He’s come for the club and the present difficulty that the team is facing, as well as the longer-term ambition, which I believe is a huge thing for the football club.”
Howe, who was named Newcastle manager in November, signed the England full-back in 2012 while at Burnley.
“Hopefully, other players across the globe will take notice of his signing and share his ambition and vision for what he sees,” Howe continued. “For us, that’s a tremendous deal.”
“But we’re in the hands of teams selling players, we’re in the hands of agencies and players wanting to come,” Howe added, adding that he is sure of additional acquisitions in the summer window.
“There are no assurances in this world. It may seem straightforward from the outside, but it’s a very different story on the inside, so I’m optimistic, but no guarantees can be made.”
Trippier’s contract with Atletico Madrid, where he won the Spanish championship last season, has 18 months remaining on it.
“I liked my time in Madrid,” he stated, “but when I heard about Newcastle United’s interest, and having worked with Eddie Howe previously, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
Newcastle is now in second place in the Premier League, having won only one game so far this season.
“I’m conscious there is a lot of work ahead of us,” said Trippier, who joined Atletico in 2019 after four years at Tottenham. “I know the demands of the Premier League well and I know what a fantastic club this is with extremely good players.”
“I can’t wait to get started, and I’m looking forward to making my debut as a Newcastle player at St James’ Park.”
“We didn’t hesitate when the chance occurred to grab him,” Howe stated, adding that he had “long admired” Trippier.
“Long before the month started, a lot of hard effort went into arranging for the January transfer window, which shows in how swiftly we were able to make this relocation.”
Trippier, a member of the Tottenham Hotspur team that reached the Champions League final in 2019, made 83 appearances for Atletico Madrid after joining for £20 million.
He earned his England debut in 2017 and was a member of the team that qualified for the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, scoring in the semi-final loss to Croatia, and the European Championship final last summer.
Newcastle will play Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and Watford in the Premier League on January 15th.
‘There will be greater activity in Newcastle,’ according to research.
Alistair Magowan is a sports journalist.
Newcastle supporters will be feeling a little more optimistic about the future.
It not only represents excellent value for an England international who won La Liga last season, but it also demonstrates that the new Saudi Arabian-backed owners are serious about this transfer window.
Given the club’s place in the Premier League standings, they must be in many ways. Despite Newcastle’s poor record, Trippier’s move shows that the appeal of playing under Eddie Howe at a club with a fresh direction might tempt more players to follow him on Tyneside.
This is fantastic early business, but by the end of January, there will be more action. Howe, Steve Nickson, the director of recruiting, and consultant Nicky Hammond have been hard at work in preparation for future movements. They seek to improve their center defense and midfield, as well as locate a striker following Callum Wilson’s recent calf injury.
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