When it was announced Kieran Trippier would be leaving Tottenham this summer for Atlético Madrid, people thought a replacement might come in.

After all, Serge Aurier wasn’t a regular under Mauricio Pochettino, and Kyle Walker-Peters, who has started three out of four games this season, was only in and around the squad when the former Paris Saint-Germain was out injured.

However, no one came in, and it remains to be seen when the Ivory Coast international will be used by his manager.

The defender, down his end, was asked by Bal des Productions whether he was scared of ‘spending a season on the bench considering the competition at Tottenham’.

He replied: “What competition? There isn’t any. I’d simply decided to leave [this summer], which was normal for me. Many things were taken into consideration. In the end, I wasn’t able to leave. It proves the club trust me on a lot of points, and we’ll see.

“We’ll see how the season pans out, but for now, I’m here, the transfer window is shut and we need to concentrate on the campaign ahead.”

That opening line might not go down too well at Spurs, especially with his teammates considering he hasn’t set foot on a pitch yet.

With two 90 minute appearances for Ivory Coast over the international break, there are no excuses when it comes to hit fitness, and it will be interesting to see whether Pochettino counts on him going forward with a clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

If he doesn’t now or anytime soon, it could be a very long season for the 26-year-old, whose contract in London runs out in 2022.