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As Tottenham's season continues to unravel, it's hard not to think about what one man must be thinking.

Kieran Trippier made a low-profile exit after playing the full 90 minutes of June's Champions League final defeat, his happy to let him go and supporters largely indifferent about the decision.

The full back had endured an up-and-down season after becoming something of a national hero at the World Cup; his semi-final free-kick having provided the country with one of their biggest footballing highs since 1966.

Kieran Trippier has impressed since joining Atletico Madrid from Tottenham in the summer

But in a rare move for an Englishman in his prime, Trippier decided to take his talents abroad and fans of Atletico Madrid are certainly glad that he did.

While Spurs have continued to ship goals, Trippier has been an ever-present in an extensively remodeled Atletico side that boasts the stingiest defence in La Liga.

Performing at full-back and wing-back, Diego Simeone has also worked to get the most out of his new signing in an attacking sense.

Forming a quick connection with fellow new boy Renan Lodi on the opposite flank – Trippier is one of his side's leaders in crosses and key passes per game with two assists already to his name.

In Spain, the quality of his crossing has even drawn comparisons to compatriot David Beckham. 

The England international's crossing has received a lot of praise from fans in Spain

The England international's crossing has received a lot of praise from fans in Spain 

TRIPPIER THIS SEASON

Games: 8

Assists: 2

Pass accuracy: 81.3%

Key passes: 17 

Accurate crosses: 15/34

Dribbles complete: 5/8

Tackles won: 18/23

Aerial duels won: 11/21

Interceptions: 9

That level of praise really kicked into gear following the 29-year-old's star showing in last month's dramatic 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League.

The right back not only dealt well with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo but also created seven chances, three more than any other player on the pitch.

One of those chances was converted for Atleti's late equaliser and it wasn't long before Spurs fans found themselves asking if their club had made a big mistake.

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