Ex-player claims that Pochettino may be taking ‘a big risk’ this season

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Dom Le Roy

Danny Mills claims that Pochettino may be taking a big risk this season if he is to stick with Kyle Walker-Peters as the club’s first-choice right-back.

This comes after Tottenham chose to sell Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer, with the England man enduring a tough season last time out.

Trippier had been the first-choice right-back for the last couple of seasons, even since Kyle Walker was sold to Manchester City.

Pochettino does have Serge Aurier in reserve, but the Ivory Coast international was busy playing at the African Cup of Nations in the summer and had no time to appear in pre-season for Spurs.

Juan Foyth has also presented himself as an option at right-back by playing there for Argentina at the Copa America this year, but he is now out injured with an ankle problem.

Walker-Peters, the 22-year-old academy graduate, started the season opener against Aston Villa and gave a decent account of himself.

However, Mills argues (Football Insider): “I think it’s a big risk if he’s going to be the number one.

“You’ve still got Serge Aurier there, he’s hugely experienced. If he’s going to be the only right-back they have, I do think it’s a little bit of a gamble. People say about Trent Alexander-Arnold but he was and is exceptional and he forced his way into the team.

“Time will tell, he’s a decent player but if it was my choice, I’d like to dip him in and out this season.”

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