Kieran Trippier is officially the most creative player at the World Cup – and is being compared with David Beckham.
The England right-back ran the game for England in their opening 2-1 win over Tunisia last night.
He served up a tournament-high six chances against Tunisia according to statistics specialists Squawka, who labelled him the ‘Bury Beckham’.
That was more than every Tunisia player combined and almost half of England’s total of 14 chances.
And it was the same amount that Lionel Messi and David Silva have combined to provide so far for Argentina and Spain respectively.
No wonder two-goal hero Harry Kane said it was “justice” that his side earned victory.
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Trippier’s stand-out performance also saw fans compare him with Three Lions legend Beckham.
Supporters heaped praise on the 27-year-old Spurs star, whose wicked injury-time corner led to Kane’s winner.
One said: “His crossing is the closest thing England has seen since Becks.”
Another wrote: “For what Trippier lacks in pace he makes up for in precise delivery.”
A fellow user posted: “Massively underrated. I love him.”
Another said: “Trippier was immense last night, best right-back we have had in years.”
One viewer wrote: “Kieran Trippier man of the match for me tonight, excelled at right wing-back and looked a constant threat.”
But not only was it in attack where he proved valuable.
By throwing himself so far up the pitch, Trippier cut off the channels to Tunisia’s full-backs, forcing them into long balls gobbled up for the most part by the likes of Kyle Walker and John Stones.