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Tottenham legend criticises Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell talented youngster to PL rivals

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Gary Mabbutt blasts Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell Kyle Walker-Peters

Speaking to Football FanCast (h/t Football.london), former Tottenham Hotspur defender Gary Mabbutt has hit out at the club’s decision to let Kyle Walker-Peters join Southampton this past summer.

A product of the Tottenham youth academy, Walker-Peters made his senior debut back in 2017 but had found it difficult to nail down a starting berth. The right-back struggled for game time in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign under Jose Mourinho, before joining the Saints on loan in January.

Kyle Walker-Peters joined Southampton on loan in January
Kyle Walker-Peters joined Southampton permanently in the summer

Walker-Peters thrived at St. Mary’s, prompting them to sign him up on a permanent transfer in the summer transfer window. Mabbutt, though, is unhappy that Tottenham allowed the young Englishman to join Southampton. (h/t Football.london)

“I was a Kyle Walker-Peters fan. I thought it was strange that a player of his ability was leaving the club, but we were bringing other players in who it was clearly felt could do maybe a job they were needing perhaps more of in that position.”

Mabbutt did acknowledge that the manager will have spotted something that the fans didn’t. However, the Spurs legend reckons that Walker-Peters has a huge future ahead of him and believes he will be a great signing for Southampton. (h/t Football.london)

Doherty and Erik Lamela completely focused (Twitter/SpursOfficial)
Matt Doherty joined Tottenham from Wolves (Twitter/SpursOfficial)

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Since making the permanent move to Southampton, Walker-Peters has impressed heavily. The 23-year-old has played every minute of league football for the South Coast club, registering a solitary assist.

And while Tottenham did strengthen the right-back department with Matt Doherty’s signing, the Irishman is yet to hit the ground running.

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