Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar has claimed on Twitter that Mauricio Pochettino made a mistake in allowing Kyle Walker to join Manchester City.

The 74-year-old sent the Tweet during the Premier League clash between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium yesterday evening.

Walker was later on the receiving end of a 3-2 defeat against his former side when Harry Kane beat the 31-year-old to Dejan Kulusevski’s injury time cross to head home.

Pochettino revealed in his 2017 book, Brave New World by Guillem Balague as serialised by the Mail on Sunday that Walker turned up late for a team meeting and told him he wanted to move elsewhere late in the 2016-17 season.

The right-back was later dropped in favour of Kieran Tripper with Pochettino adding that he felt as though the England international had shown “an alarming lack of respect for his team-mates and a slap in the face for the club” by asking for a transfer while his team was competing with Chelsea for top spot in the Premier League table.

Walker did go on to get his wish when he sealed an at the time world-record deal for a defender worth up to £53m (Telegraph).

SpursWeb Opinion

How Sugar can lay the blame at Pochettino’s door over Walker’s exit is remarkable given he has previously overseen the operations the very same football club.   

The defender wanted out and once you have crossed Pochettino there is no chance of return, while Walker may have gone on to win a number of trophies at City, back in 2017 his attitude was not appreciated by the Argentine.

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