The Tottenham Hotspur supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by the performances of Kieran Trippier this season, but they are rather disappointed that Pochettino has been reluctant to play Kyle Walker-Peters.
Very little was known about Kyle Walker-Peters when the season began last August, and a neutral supporter could have been forgiven for thinking their was an error on the team-sheet when his name appeared in Tottenham’s starting eleven on the opening day of the season. But there was no technical malfunction, Kyle Walker was indeed playing his trade at Manchester City, and his absence combined with an injury to Trippier had paved the way for Walker-Peters to play 90 minutes of Premier League football at St James’ Park.
The signing of Serge Aurier shortly afterwards has forced Walker-Peters to watch on from the sideline with envy this season, as he has only played 5 minutes of Premier League football since the opening fixture. It’s difficult to form conclusions about the scale of his potential considering his distinct lack of involvement, but recent reports suggest he will be forced to embark on a new challenge this summer in order to fulfil his potential.
According to The Daily Mirror, Tottenham are interested in signing Southampton’s Cedric Soares (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer along with his compatriots Gelson Martins and Ruben Neves. The arrival of Cedric would give Pochettino a 4th option at right-back with Trippier, Aurier and Walker-Peters already fighting for a starting berth in that position.
With that to consider, it seems certain that Cedric’s arrival in North London will result in the departure of Walker-Peters before he has been given the chance to prove himself at senior level. Trippier has firmly established himself as the first-choice right-back and Aurier only joined the club last year in a big-money deal, so naturally Walker-Peters would be the man to make way for Cedric.
Whether his departure would be on a permanent deal or a temporary loan deal remains to be seen, but the Lilywhites faithful can guarantee that their academy prospect will leave the club one way or another if Cedric makes the switch from the south-coast to North-London this summer.
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