Former footballer Noel Whelan believes Spurs should allow Kyle Walker-Peters to leave for the good of his football career – but warned Jose Mourinho he could be letting go a future star in doing so.
Walker-Peters has barely had a look-in following Mourinho’s appointment as manager at the club, with first-team opportunities rare since his arrival in November. Whelan feels that his lack of action is a sign he is not part of Mourinho’s plans and should therefore be allowed to move on and further his career elsewhere.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan urged Spurs to grant the 22-year-old a way out of north London and has tipped the right-back to make his name in the Premier League.
He said: “He’s a young lad and if he is available, he needs to go. He’s not being looked at by Jose Mourinho as somebody he’s going to use, the player’s got to go. You’ll get that feeling from a manager, hopefully they’ll have had that talk and maybe playing it clear, giving his agent a chance to look for clubs for this young man. He’s a player who could become really, really good in the Premier League.
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“[There have] been lots of times where clubs have let players go and it’s come back to bite them – [Romelu] Lukaku, [Kevin] De Bruyne, all these players now. There’s every chance that these players, they’ll look back in two, three years’ time and say: ‘Yeah, we’ve let one go, there.’”
Considering Walker-Peters started Spurs’ opening three Premier League games, it could be argued that his lack of minutes since suggests there is a difference of opinion between Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino regarding the defender’s talent.
Mourinho’s selection of Japhet Tanganga for the weekend’s clash with Liverpool at right-back is a further sign Walker-Peters has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs, which supports Whelan’s call for the England Under-21 international to find a new club.
Having made his debut in 2017, perhaps he was due to progress under the tutelage of Pochettino before the Argentinian’s untimely sacking judging by his increasing opportunities up until that point. But after seeing him head in the opposite direction upon Mourinho’s arrival, it is perhaps no surprise Whelan is urging Walker-Peters to seek first-team football somewhere else.
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