Southampton look set to fail in any pursuit for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters, which should come as a relief for Yan Valery.
According to page 72 of the 24/11/2019 Sunday Mirror (via The Boot Room), the south coast club were interested in bringing Walker-Peters to St. Mary’s on loan in January. However, the 22-year-old is expected to reject advances and fight for his place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Walker-Peters has only started three Premier League games this season despite first-choice right-back Kieran Trippier departing for Atletico Madrid in the summer.
And with Jose Mourinho going with Serge Aurier in his first match in charge of Tottenham, it does not look like the Englishman is going to become a regular starter anytime soon.
Has Yan Valery been a disappointment this season?
Bearing that in mind, it is surprising to hear that Walker-Peters is not open to the idea of leaving Spurs on loan in January.
It is good news for Valery at Southampton, though, who has also had a difficult time making that right-back spot his own.
Last season, Valery excelled once breaking into the Southampton first team, coming in for praise from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“Yan’s development has been fantastic in the last few months. I think he is a player who embodies precisely the philosophy of Southampton, as he is young and forward-thinking,” Hasenhuttl said back in March after the 20-year-old Frenchman put pen to paper on a new contract.
This term, however, Valery has not been able to kick on, falling behind Cedric Soares in the pecking order when the Portuguese defender has been fit.
The Euro 2016 winner started the 2-2 draw away at Arsenal, leaving Valery having to settle for a place on the bench. When you consider all of that, the last thing the Southampton academy graduate needs is the added competition of Walker-Peters.
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