Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Noel Whelan has blasted the decision to sell Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton – claiming that the defender is a ‘top player’ who could have solved a lot of problems for Jose Mourinho.
The ex-Tottenham youngster put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal worth £12 million earlier this month, with long-time midfield target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg moving in the opposite direction for £15 million plus bonuses.
Over the two deals, Spurs have invested an initial £3 million net spend to acquire Hojbjerg when taking into account the sale of Walker-Peters – bringing their overall exchange to a measly seven figures.
Should Spurs have sold Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton?
Yes, 100%, great business from Levy
Some could deem this business from chairman Daniel Levy as smart and resourceful, especially given the current financial climate, but pundit Whelan believes the transfer will do more harm than good.
Indeed, the ex-Leeds United forward claims that Walker-Peters could have been a stellar academy graduate if Tottenham had given him the opportunity – especially with their lack of full-back depth over the 2019/2020 season.
Club cult hero Jan Vertonghen, as well as Juan Foyth, were utilised in a full-back role – action from Mourinho which could have been avoided if the club didn’t loan out Walker-Peters.
Labelling the decision ‘very strange’, Whelan went on to suggest that the seemingly good bit of business could result in Spurs missing out on a potential homegrown prodigy.
“They got rid of a lot of full-backs as a club and they were struggling and playing centre-backs out there at times which ruined the flow of their game,” explained the pundit to Football Insider.
“They’re getting rid of a top English player which is very strange because you need a good core of your English players to be successful in the Premier League.
“Just look at Manchester United and how they’ve come through bringing their homegrown players through. They’re thriving right now and maybe that’s what Walker-Peters could’ve done, if given the opportunity.”
A player who former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino called ‘amazing‘, his potential is arguably there for all to see, but it’s hard to debate that signing Hojbjerg whilst mitigating the price was a good bit of business from the chairman.
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