Trippier happy with loan spell
- Sun 07 Mar 2010, 11:03AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Kieran Trippier’s loan spell with Barnsley is due to end this week after a successful month at Oakwell.
The 19-year-old full-back played three times for the Tykes during his stay, earning praise from manager Mark Robins in the process.
Now the Academy graduate is hoping to use the experience he gained in South Yorkshire to good effect by pressing his claims for inclusion in the Blues’ senior squad.
Trippier, part of City’s 2008 FA Youth Cup-winning squad, missed Barnsley’s 6-1 mauling at Newcastle on Saturday, but proved he is ready to challenge Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta for the right-back role.
“It’s been an enjoyable month,” said Trippier. “It’s been good to see things from a different perspective and the lads at Barnsley have been really good to me.
“I haven’t played as many games as I could have because I picked up an injury at Scunthorpe that kept me out for about 10 days.”
The England Under-20 star is hoping to catch Roberto Mancini’s eye in the remaining weeks of the campaign and feels he’s learned a lot playing in the Championship.
“It’s a competitive league but I think I did quite well,” he said.
I don’t think there is any substitute for first team football and this had made me doubly determined to kick on again at City
“The training has been different and I’ve had to adapt to the style Barnsley play, but I’ve enjoyed the whole experience and I think going out on loan benefits everyone – the loan club, the parent club and the player.
“It means being away from your family and friends for a while but it gives you a taste of independence and standing on your own two feet.
“There are quite a few City players out on loan at the moment and we’ll all return more rounded individuals and, hopefully, better players, too.
“I’m looking forward to coming back but if another opportunity to go out on loan came up I’d be happy to take it if the manager felt it would help me to continue to improve.
“Of course, my main aim is to break into City’s first team and I think Roberto Mancini has already shown that he’s not afraid to give younger players a chance if he thinks they are ready.”
Watch out for an exclusive video report of Trippier’s time with Barnsley tomorrow.