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What Kieran Trippier's potential arrival from Atletico means for Newcastle

Kieran Trippier seems destined to become PIF’s first signing at Newcastle United.

The England defender has been heavily linked with the Magpies for a couple of months now, even before Eddie Howe arrived at the club.

The speculation of Trippier to Newcastle has escalated in recent weeks, and it now looks like he is Toon bound.

Multiple outlets have claimed that Newcastle expect movement on the Trippier deal this week, while there has been a variation on the price being reported. Craig Hope recently claimed that the 31-year-old might only cost £12million, despite initial claims that the deal could be worth £25million.


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However, the fee is irrelevant for Toon fans. What matters is the fact we’re seemingly on the brink of a major signing – likely the first of many following the change of ownership.

But where will Trippier fit in at Newcastle? And how will his potential arrival impact other Toon players?

Trippier walks into Eddie Howe’s starting XI

There’s no doubt about it – Trippier will be a guaranteed starter for Newcastle. Whether Howe plays five at the back or four, Trippier will undoubtedly start on the right of defence. We’ve seen at the World Cup and the Euros that he can play as a right wing-back.

While Javi Manquillo has done well at times this season, he’s nowhere near as good as Trippier – both offensively and defensively.

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Trippier will add another dimension to our attack, giving us an attacking fullback who is fit for purpose for the first time in a while. He’ll also give us a set piece expert – something we haven’t had since the Yohan Cabaye days.

While he is an obvious starter at right-back, Trippier will give us more options in defence. He’s proven with England that he can play on the left side of defence if needs be. His arrival could also give Manquillo a chance to explore his versatility more on the left as well.

In attack, Callum Wilson will be excited by the possible addition of the 31-year-old. Wilson is a poacher who gets himself into goalscoring positions regularly, and Trippier will be able to find him with his exquisite delivery.

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Who will suffer the most from Trippier’s arrival?

The potential arrival of Trippier could be bad news for two makeshift defenders at Newcastle – Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy.

The former isn’t a defender, but his set piece ability has at least given him some value. But Trippier is better in dead ball situations, meaning there is less need for Ritchie in the team. And with Jamal Lewis performing well before his untimely injury, Ritchie’s future in this Newcastle team is suddenly less clear.

As for Murphy, signing Trippier may force him back into midfield – which could actually be bad news.

Murphy has enjoyed a renaissance at Newcastle as a right wing-back. Sometimes he’s even played as an out-and-out right-back. While his defensive awareness has left a lot to be desired, his attitude and application have been exemplary. He’s also offered a lot in attack with his pace and crossing ability.

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But like so many others, he’s got no chance of getting in ahead of Trippier. That means the £12milliom man will suddenly be competing with Allan Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron for a place on the wing. It makes his route into the starting XI even trickier.

Emil Krafth is another man who will likely suffer if we sign the former Spurs defender.

Bringing Trippier to St James’ Park is going to be a gamechanger. He’s a statement signing and a hell of a player. But while it will help the team and certain players, it could mean bad news for the likes of Murphy.

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