The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been pleased with the performances of Kieran Trippier this season following the departure of Kyle Walker, but they are eager to see 21-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters in the first-team next season.
The departure of Kyle Walker last summer was a bitter blow for the club to take, but so far they have coped tremendously well in his absence. Kieran Trippier has stepped up to the plate and delivered a string of fine performances this season whilst Serge Aurier has been rather erratic on his first season with the club.
The depth of Tottenham’s first-team options goes even deeper than that though as Kyle Walker-Peters – the club’s 21-year-old academy product – has been patiently waiting for an opportunity this season. Walker-Peters was forced into a surprise start on the opening day of the season out of necessity rather than choice, and he took full advantage of his opportunity with a remarkably composed and quality performance at right-back.
However, the arrival of Serge Aurier shortly after that fixture pushed him down the pecking order and he has only played 5 minutes of Premier League action since the opening day of the season. His lack of first-team opportunities will certainly frustrate him and provoke him to contemplate his future with the club during the summer, and one route he would be wise to take is a loan move to another English club in either the Championship or the Premier League.
The only way Walker-Peters is going to improve is through first-team opportunities, but on the evidence of the current campaign he is unlikely to receive them at Tottenham. But one of the potential Premier League newcomers, namely Aston Villa, could represent an ideal destination for Walker-Peters to develop next season.
Villa are knocking on the door for a place in the top-flight next season, although they will probably have to rely on the play-offs in order to achieve promotion. However, Tottenham should allow Walker-Peters to move to the Villans on loan regardless of whether they reach the top-flight or not, as acquiring first-team experience in the Championship would be hugely beneficial to his career.
Quite simply, Walker-Peters needs first-team football to realise the full extent of his potential. Villa’s first-choice right-back Ahmed Elmohamady is a solid Championship level full-back who will be difficult to usurp in the pecking order, but Walker-Peters possesses the quality to cement his place in Villa’s first-team, so the two clubs would be foolish not to negotiate a mutually beneficial loan deal this summer.
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