Man of the Match Walker-Peters Ready for First Team

Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker-Peters (L) vies with Newcastle United's Irish defender Ciaran Clark during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Totenham Hotspur at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

Man of the Match Walker-Peters Ready for First Team

Man of the Match

Kyle Walker-Peters started confidently on the ball against Newcastle, not shying from his team-mates and remaining calm under pressure. Physically, he appeared to have the speed to match his opponents and even outstrip them. His crossing was at a decent standard too, providing a good outlet.

Even defensively, he managed to contain the threats provided by Newcastle. Christian Atsu’s dribbling troubled the Tottenham players, but Walker-Peters curtailed his effectiveness, keeping a close eye on him throughout the match. By the final whistle, he had worked hard and consistently well, which resulted in his man of the match award.

Ready?

The extent of Trippier’s injury in pre-season meant that Mauricio Pochettino had little choice but to select Walker-Peters as the only natural right-back in the squad. It appears, however that the manager does have some faith in the player, overlooking both Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko, who could have been shoehorned there instead. Walker-Peters could reap the rewards of a manager renowned for trusting in his younger players.

With the transfer window still open, Spurs have the chance to invest in a new right-back. This choice will impact on Walker-Peters’ playing time. It may be an easier, safer decision for the manager to bring in a new senior right-back, rather than risking blooding a young player too early. Bearing in mind that Dele Alli is only one year older than the 20-year-old and is already a first-team favourite, it can be argued that the right-back is ready for some exposure to the Premier League.

Investment in Youth

Continuing the support of young players is a key facet of the football club. Investing in Walker-Peters and other young stars allows for greater sustainability in the future. With a new stadium under construction, this may be a prudent policy in saving funds.

The average age of Spurs’ starting XI against Newcastle was 25.6, which showed an excellent mix of youth with the more experienced Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, all of whom have reached 30 years of age. These players are currently playing at their peaks, and will soon start to decline. Therefore, Walker-Peters is a vital young player to help supplement a squad which has some ageing members.

After his performances against Juventus and Newcastle, Walker-Peters looks like a useful player for Tottenham. He is already showing promise with his offensive and defensive responsibilities, with decent technical and physical ability. His manager may have placed some doubt on his preparedness for a full Premier League season, but nevertheless, he has made a fantastic start to his senior career. Even if the club do bring in a new right-back, he will certainly be required in event of injuries and suspension.

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