Kieran Trippier’s future at Tottenham Hotspur looks far from assured at the moment, however, that could give Kyle Walker-Peters the opportunity he needs to establish himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team.
The transfer rumour mill has been spinning vigorously when it comes down to Trippier, as the Independent have carried claims that Spurs are expecting a bid from Juventus in the near future and are prepared to accept an offer in the region of £25million should the Old Lady make an approach.
So, for all intents and purposes and for the benefit of this article, let’s assume that the England international is sold and leaves Tottenham with a decision to make. Do they look to sign a new right-back or do they look to promote from within?
Hiroki Sakai has been recently linked with a move to the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, however, being 29-years-old does not work in the Japan international’s favour as it is thought to go against everything Pochettino and Spurs are looking for in new recruits – the younger the better moving forward supposedly.
So, with Serge Aurier having hardly filled himself with glory in the opportunities he has had during his two-year stint at the club, could that mean Walker-Peters gets a chance to shine? Maybe.
According to a report by Football.London, the young right-back is set to meet with Pochettino about his future at the club next month in discussions that could shape what happens to the 22-year-old further down the line.
But, surely it would not be a surprise to see him in the line-up next season? He did get a chance in the first-team last year and did rather well with all things considered – he made a rather glaring error against Barcelona allowing Ousmane Dembele to score but perhaps the occasion got to him? He did recover well though in the game after putting the gaffe behind him.
According to his stats by WhoScored, in the six appearances he made in the Premier League, he averaged 1.2 tackles per game and 0.7 interceptions. Compared to Trippier’s 2.5 tackles and 0.9 interceptions in 27 top-flight matches, that’s not too bad.
Both men are attack-minded as well and Walker-Peters continued to show that he could become a threat in the future with the right development as he managed to provide three assists with an average of 1.2 key passes and 1.5 successful dribbles per outing.
There is no denying that the 22-year-old is still a diamond in the rough and Pochettino will need to work his magic with him for a little bit to get the best out of him, however, he could perhaps be the replacement Spurs will need should Trippier leave this summer, or even challenge him for his place should the England international remain at the club instead.
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