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Southampton: Club were interested in Kyle Walker-Peters this summer

Southampton: Club were interested in Kyle Walker-Peters this summer

Southampton inquired about right-back Kyle Walker-Peters earlier this summer, according to a report from The Athletic.

The England U21 international has started the campaign positively, playing a total of 180 minutes for the north Londoners in their opening two games against Aston Villa and Manchester City, and was a standout performer at the Etihad last weekend whilst marking the consistently-outstanding Raheem Sterling.

Walker-Peters made a total of 4 tackles, 2 clearances and 1 interception against Pep Guardiola’s men, alongside recording a hugely impressive 86% pass completion, per WhoScored. Indeed, when comparing his stats from this season to those of Yan Valery, the Saints’ starting right-back, the Spurs man does beat him in every defensive metric other than clearances, so it’s easy to see why the club would have been keen.

When looking at the stats above, it’s not hard to see why Southampton would have wanted to bring the youngster to Hampshire this summer. Still, considering the fact Trippier also departed, it was an ambitious move for the club as it’s not as if Tottenham are blessed with options in that particular berth.

Walker-Peters may well be an upgrade on the aforementioned Valery but the latter has been trusted by Ralph Hasenhüttl since his arrival on the South Coast – even praising him back in March – so it’s not as if not signing the player can be seen as a complete disaster.

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