Kyle Walker-Peters has admitted that he is delighted to have sealed a permanent move to Southampton this summer after impressing during his loan spell at the club last season.
The right-back put in several eye-catching performances for the Saints after the restart, which clearly convinced the club to part ways with £12 million to sign him from Spurs.
The 23-year-old was on the cusp of the Tottenham first-team for a couple of years but never quite managed to make the spot his own.
Walker-Peters has now revealed that the run of games he got under his belt at St Mary’s towards the end of last season was crucial in lifting his confidence.
When asked how he felt about the move, the defender told talkSPORT (as relayed by Football.London): “I am over the moon. At Tottenham, I found it hard to get a run of games, and now I felt after lockdown I was given that opportunity from Ralph [Hasenhuttl].
“I was able to show the qualities I have and in a run of games you get confidence and fitness, which is important.
“So now, I am looking to kick on again. My spot in the team isn’t solidified and I need to keep performing and showing what I can do, and hopefully, it will be a great season for us.”
The Spurs academy graduate admitted that he has made his mind up during his loan spell that Southampton would be the right club to provide him with the platform to grow.
He added: “I think we showed after lockdown that we’ve taken a big step in improving as a team and that’s what really made it clear for me, that was the team for me.
“I was in the team for those games and I felt confident and the team showed we had come a long way.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Southampton is a very good move for Walker-Peters and going by the evidence of the final few games of last season, he could potentially thrive in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s system. It is a shame that things did not work out for him at Spurs given how long he has been at the club. However, all things considered, we got a pretty good deal with Hojbjerg coming the other way.
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