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It's one Trip well worth making for Sherwood.

Villa have joined Tottenham and Liverpool in the race to sign Burnley's talented rightback Kieran Trippier. Paul Suart provides the lowdown on the former England-21 star.

Who is he? The 24-year-old should be instantly recognisable to anyone who watched top-flight football last season having featured in all 38 of Burnley's Premier League fixtures.

Born in Bury, Trippier started his youth career at Manchester City with whom he signed professional forms in 2008.

By that time he had already represented England U18s and has gone on to play at every other age level for his country.

Trippier remained at City for four years but did not make a single senior appearance having been unable to oust Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta.

His second and third years were spent on loan with Barnsley and his final year with City was spent at Burnley where he caught the eye with over 29 appearances.

Alan Hutton | Trippier's consistency, as the Clarets finished 13th that season, prompted manager Eddie Howe to make his loan permanent in January 2012.

His dominant performances at rightback also earned him Player of the Year at the club's end-of-season awards.

Trippier maintained his good form and was named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year in consecutive seasons as Burnley sealed promotion to the Premier League.

In May last year he signed a new improved three-year contract at Turf Moor following interest from Arsenal, who had lost their first-choice rightback Bacary Sagna to Manchester City.

What are his qualities? He has a number of them.

First and foremost, he is an accomplished defender with natural acceleration that makes him difficult to beat. Trippier is physically strong and not one to be muscled off the ball.

He can also offer plenty in attack with marauding runs down the right, though we didn't see too much of that last season as Burnley were forced back in so many matches.

Few full-backs are blessed with a sledgehammer of a shot but Trippier is one of them, making him a useful option at set-pieces.

That he's been injury-free for much of his career and is so technically gifted are yet more strings to his bow.

Where does he play? As previously mentioned, Trippier is an out-and-out right-back - he won't play anywhere else on the park.

Signing him would really set the cat among the pigeons given the options Tim Sherwood already has in that position.

Alan Hutton's Villa days appeared numbered many moons ago, but the Scot enjoyed something of a renaissance last season.

Leandro Bacuna can play on the right side of defence, but has been predominantly used further forward by Sherwood.

And there's also Matthew Lowton, who spent much of the last campaign on the bench under Paul Lambert and then Sherwood.

What's he like as a person? Judging by his never-saydie displays as Burnley were continually on the receiving end, he would appear to be a typically proud, hard-working Northerner. The kind of player supporters love.

How does Sherwood know him? It was impossible to ignore Trippier last season, even if he was slightly muted by the frailties of his team.

Tim |Sherwood Top-flight managers have long been interested in Trippier.

In fact, it was something of a surprise that Burnley managed to keep hold of him, even after they won promotion.

It might be that Trippier made a lasting impression on Sherwood as Burnley beat Villa 1-0 on the final day of the league season.

What are Villa's chances of signing him? Pretty slim. Spurs and Liverpool are also keen and so too are Premier League new boys Bournemouth, managed by Howe.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Trippier opt for the Cherries given he's previously had a good working relationship with Howe and would have a better chance of playing regular firstteam football.

Besides, he's only ever played for teams beginning with 'B.'.


Kieran Trippier is not one |to be muscled off the ball

Tim |Sherwood
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