Alan Hutton warns Spurs against selling academy product

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Forme full-back Alan Hutton has revealed his surprise at the news that Tottenham Hotspur could look to sell Kyle Walker-Peters.

The 22-year-old has hardly seen any game time so far this campaign and has only started one game since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club (transfermarkt).

Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Walker-Peters and reports have alleged that Spurs would prefer to sell the full back on a permanent basis rather than loaning him out (the Telegraph).

Roy Hodgson even confirmed in Friday’s press conference that Palace are locked in negotiations for the Spurs academy product (Football.London)

Hutton, however, insisted the defender was still capable of developing into a top player.

When asked if he was surprised that Tottenham wanted to sell the right back, Hutton told Football Insider: “I am a little bit, to be honest.

“Obviously he’s come through the ranks, he’s so young, and he obviously hasn’t had a lot of minutes as a few Champions League games, Cabarao Cups games.

“So me personally if I was in charge, I’d want him to go out on loan and experience playing week-in-week-out. Whether that be Crystal Palace or one of the other teams interested.

“Let him get minutes under his belt, then see, as he could turn out to be an absolute world-beater.”

The former Scotland international urged the Lilywhites to send Walker-Peters out on loan this month and insisted that the club will come to regret selling him.

He added: “He’s not been quite given the chance, so why not have him go out loan, let him get the experience and if you then don’t see him being a fit for Tottenham, then move him on, say in the summer.

“A loan gives you an option to have a look at him playing regularly, so I think for Spurs to want to sell him, is a little bit harsh, a little bit hasty. They should just take their time and see how things develope while he’s out on loan.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It looks like Mourinho has decided that Walker-Peters is not up to the level required. Unfortunately, he hasn’t looked anywhere near good enough defensively in the few opportunities that he has got this season. It will be a shame if he is sold as I really expected him to push on and make the first team spot his own until a year or so ago.

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