Phil Neville On Kyle Walker

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SkySports News pundit Phil Neville has revealed his surprise over Tottenham’s decision to sell full-back Kyle Walker to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The 27 year old had been linked with a move to The Etihad Stadium for months now, but only yesterday a breakthrough was made, as it was revealed by SkySources that Spurs and Manchester City had agreed a fee believed to be over £50 million for the defender.

Speaking on SkySports News HQ, the former Everton full-back spoke out on his shock over the fact that Spurs have given the sale the green light. He said:

“I’m surprised Tottenham sold because moving into a new stadium and playing at Wembley this season, they do not strike me as a club that wants to get rid of their best players.”

“They do have Kieran Trippier there who can fill in and is a good player.”

The issue here is that I think Phil Neville is slightly under-estimating Kieran Trippier, who arguably showed more than Kyle Walker last season, despite considerably less minutes on the pitch.

The former Valencia coach then went on to discuss Manchester City’s capture of the full-back, stating that City manager Pep Guardiola has made the right move in splashing out big money on the Englishman.

“It is a good move for Man City,” He added. “who needed full backs.”

“And I would not be surprised if they sign a left back in the next couple of weeks as the full-back position last year, with the way that Pep Guardiola likes to play with his full backs bombing on, I do not think they had that last season with their slightly ageing full backs.”

“It is the going rate now, £40m, £50m, £60m, it is just numbers and it is the performances on the pitch that we should take note of, not the transfer fee the players have gone for.”

Whereas I agree with Neville’s final statement about the money, I still can’t believe Walker’s commanded that £50 million+ transfer fee, considering we got roughly £86 million for Bale a few years back.

But still, I feel as though we have a very good right-back in Trippier, who Phil’s just totally over-looked. The argument really is who’s better? Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier?


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  1. Walker had fallen out of favour at Spurs and Trippier was doing a fine job at the end of last season. Think in the end a massive profit on a player we got for a low fee tipped the balance. It is true that we also have an understudy in Walker-Peters so selling him made good business sense but to a major rival? I trust Poch will find a new player or two but only if we keep our best players will we progress. If this is the only departure of major player then that is fine but if more start to be sold that is worrying

  2. Spot on. Neville is vastly underrating Trippier. Walker has improved a lot under Pochettino but Trippier has gone ahead, his passing and vision are something else, witness for England to Stirling.


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