Ian Wright surprised at Tottenham selling Kyle Walker-Peters in the summer
The 23-year-old, a product of the Tottenham youth academy, was allowed to join the Saints on a permanent basis after he had spent the second half of the previous season on loan at St. Mary’s. Since moving, the Englishman has thrived under Ralph Hasenhuttl, establishing himself as one of the top right-backs in the league this term.
Walker-Peters put in a fine display this past Monday as Southampton beat reigning champions Liverpool 1-0. The 23-year-old managed to deal with the dangerous Sadio Mane effectively.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s right-backs, Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty, who arrived from Wolves in the summer, have struggled for consistency so far this term. Given how well Walker-Peters is doing at the south coast club, Wright has questioned the club’s decision to let him go.
“Kyle Walker-Peters extremely consistent. In defence and attack – I found it a surprise that Tottenham let him go. With all due respect to Serge Aurier, he seems to have found a little bit of something under Mourinho.
“But as a footballer and what Kyle Walker-Peters was doing. I was like ‘hang on, he’s doing everything’. He’s getting forward. He’s defending very well. He played brilliantly against Mane. It’s almost like Tariq Lamptey. He’s quite brilliant.”
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Walker-Peters has played every minute of Southampton’s 17 Premier League games. He has helped them to eight clean sheets while also contributing with a couple of assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Given his age and how he has performed, Tottenham could have benefited from holding onto him. More so, considering Doherty’s struggles so far this term.