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Deserves a chance: Pochettino must opt for this Tottenham starlet against Rochdale

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team come from 2-0 down to deservedly draw 2-2 with Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash in Turin on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their meeting with the European giants off the back of overcoming North London rivals Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in their preceding encounter, a result which took their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 12 matches. Yet they didn’t make the best of starts in Turin on Tuesday as a Gonzalo Higuain double gave the hosts a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, before goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen secured a draw for Spurs, thus making them favourites for progression when the two teams meet at the national stadium in three weeks’ time.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can extend their unbeaten run by beating League One bottom club Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup this afternoon.

And many of our resident Spurs supporters are calling for Pochettino to make some changes and give some of their club’s younger players an opportunity at Spotland, with several calling for Kyle Walker-Peters to get a starting berth.

The 20-year-old starlet came up through the ranks at the North London outfit to earn his senior debut for the club at the start of this season, playing the full 90 minutes and seriously impressing in their 2-0 win over Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the campaign.

Six further appearances have since followed for the full back and he has shown enough to suggest that he could go on and become a very good defender, yet he hasn’t quite played as regularly as some may have expected following his fine start to the season.

His ability to play both left-back and right-back certainly gives Pochettino something to think about ahead of today’s encounter, and the fact he has appeared in all three of their FA Cup games so far suggests that another start could be in the offing this afternoon.

And with games coming thick and fast at the start of March, the Spurs chief may seek to rest the likes of Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier, and Ben Davies, leaving the door open for Walker-Peters to again try and prove his worth to Pochettino.

And given on his efforts so far for Tottenham, the young defender certainly deserves another chance to show his capabilities against the struggling League One side this afternoon.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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