The man, the myth, the legend.
The best player to ever don New Newcastle threads, right-back and England international Kieran Trippier, is extending his time in Tyneside until the summer of 2025, Newcastle announced on Friday.
Of course, and as the very official statement clearly says just four words into it: we’re delighted KT is signing this extension and we’d have even offered him a 10-year one if needed!
"There's nowhere I'd rather be."— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 27, 2023
Trippier, just in case you don’t know, arrived in Newcastle one year ago and changed the culture of the club and their winning ways entirely and all by himself.
You might think that Bruno, Sven Botman, Dan Brun, or even Alexander Isak have been better signings and that might actually end up being the case considering all of them are younger than Trippier and therefore expected to provide goodies for a longer span of time.
That said, Trippier has been clearly, without a single question in mind, the most impactful signing by the Saudi board since the takeover took place back in October 2021.
Trippier decided to join Newcastle from Atletico Madrid—a Champions League club coached by a world-renowned manager in Diego Simeone—mid-season, no less, and flipped NUFC on their head.
A 40-cap international, Trippier boarded the English flight to Qatar last November as part of the 2022 England Qatar World Cup contingent after becoming the first PIF transfer-in last January. Money well spent, we can say.
“I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve extended my contract here. I’ve got a lot of thank yous to make to the manager, owners, fans, and my teammates,” Trippier said to NUFC TV after signing his extension. The defender, a key component of Eddie Howe’s weekly lineups, added that “when I first arrived here, they made me feel so welcome and I want to help the club achieve great things.”
This season alone, Trippier has been part of the 15-game-unbeaten-and-still-going Newcastle Premier League side. He’s featured in 16 clean-sheet games this season alone across all competitions (12 of them in the best league in the world, just for context) providing six assists to his teammates while also bagging one free-kick goal himself in NUFC’s monster 3-3 effort against Man City back in August at SJP.
Howe reacted to the extension of his defensive leader by saying that he “can’t praise him enough for everything he’s given the club,” after first claiming that Trippier “has been outstanding both on and off the pitch, showing real leadership and excelling in a team that’s doing well.”
“There’s nowhere I’d rather be,” Trippier finished before dropping the mic.