Bent admits he thought departed Spurs star would break into the team last season

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has admitted that he expected Kyle Walker-Peters to get more first-team opportunities at the club but insisted that selling him to Southampton was good business.

Walker-Peters was highly thought of at Spurs and seemed to be on the cusp of breaking into the team at one point (ESPN).

However, he never managed to get a consistent run in the side and was loaned out to Southampton during the January window.

After a slow start to his loan spell at the St Mary’s, the right-back grew in confidence with game time under his belt and ended the season on a real high, having established himself as a regular in the side.

Reports indicate Saints paid £12million to sign the 23-year-old on a permanent basis, with the deal announced soon after Tottenham’s capture of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Bent admitted that the move is a good one for all parties concerned and backed Walker-Peters to shine on the south coast.

When asked if it was good business by the Lilywhites, the former England striker told Football Insider: “Yeah, it is. I did like Walker-Peters and I did think at the start of last season he was going to be that guy who was going to be that main right-back, it’s not quite worked out for him with injuries and stuff.

“At Southampton, I like what they’re doing down there, they’ve got a number of very good players down there and they had a really strong finish to the season when people thought they were in trouble.

“I like Walker-Peters, I think he’ll suit them down there and play well and it’s a chance for him to get regular game time so I think that’s probably best for all concerned.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The way things ended for Walker-Peters at Spurs was certainly disappointing and it is quite possible he will go on to prove us wrong over the next few years. However, Hojbjerg was a signing that was needed and one has to say that to snap up the Dane for £3m on top of the right-back is fantastic business.

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