Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier believes Eddie Howe is one of the best managers he has ever played under.
The Magpies are enjoying a sensational run of form, and Howe has his side competing for a place in Europe next season. Newcastle are currently fourth after 13 games, and have only lost once.
Saturday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa made it three wins on the bounce, and Newcastle suddenly look like an unstoppable train. The confidence is pulsing throughout the team, and it all starts with one man – the manager.
Trippier has been one of the stars of the show for Newcastle, and is playing so well that he feels certain to start for England at the World Cup this winter.
The 32-year-old got his second assist of the season on Saturday, providing the cross for Callum Wilson to head home his second goal of the afternoon.
Week after week, Trippier is putting in sensational performances. It’s incredible how consistent he is, and the right-back has taken time to pay tribute to his manager.
Kieran Trippier on ‘unbelievable’ Eddie Howe
After the win over Aston Villa, Trippier spoke to the Daily Mail. He showered his manager with praise, and commented on his own brilliant form.
“He’s unbelievable,” Trippier said.
“I know what he demands from training, what he expects in games, off the pitch.
“He’s certainly up there with the best I’ve ever played under. When I signed, we had long conversations and I believed in what he said, I believe in him. I’m playing the best football of my career.”
Newcastle are lucky to have Trippier and Howe
Considering Trippier has shined at major international tournaments and made it to a Champions League final, it speaks volumes that he thinks he is now playing the best football of his career.
Newcastle are the ones benefitting, and perhaps Trippier is thriving in the knowledge that he is one of the key players at St James’ Park.
He cost £12million in January, and was a real statement signing at the time. He has proven to be exactly that, and has fitted in perfectly into Howe’s Toon squad.
Howe clearly sold Trippier a vision of what he wanted Newcastle to become, and the defender bought every word. Now that vision is becoming reality, and Howe has quickly turned the Magpies into a serious challenger in the top half of the table.
For Trippier to say Howe is one of the best managers he’s worked with is a huge compliment. He previously played under Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino.
But Trippier holds Howe in a similar light, and they are both working wonders at St James’ Park. They haven’t even been at the club for a year, but we are extremely lucky to have both Trippier and Howe at Newcastle United.