In 2015, he moved from Burnley to Tottenham having impressed Pleat, their former manager, who was advising the Londoners. After a slow start, Trippier became a mainstay in the side that reached the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino four years later.
"It was a combined decision to take the boy," Pleat told BBC Sport. "I went to watch him play for Burnley at Watford and he put two balls on a sixpence for [Jay] Rodriguez. He needs a team that is very good at keeping the ball in the middle of the pitch, so he's confident when breaking forward."
"He smells opportunities to make runs, and I think he is the best option for England in possession," said Pleat. "If Newcastle can keep the ball, he'll be a force.
"He was patient at Tottenham, and he's very humble. He's not a shouter or a bawler, but he wins the respect of his team-mates with his ability."
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