Gary Neville labels Tottenham’s sale of Kyle Walker as ‘strategic’ and ‘clever’

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Dom Le Roy

It has been two years since Tottenham Hotspur sold Kyle Walker to Man City for a fee of around £45m (BBC) and much has changed for both parties since them.

Spurs brought through a Walker replacement in Kieran Trippier, used him for two years and then sold him to Atletico Madrid, before introducing a namesake in Kyle Walker-Peters.

Walker, in the meantime, has won back-to-back Premier League titles with Man City, although Spurs bested the Citizens in the Champions League last season.

Spurs head into the new campaign looking to end their drought of 11 years without a trophy, while Man City currently hold four domestic titles and are looking to make it a hat-trick of Premier League trophies in a row.

However, despite the obvious class of Kyle Walker, Gary Neville has claimed that Tottenham’s decision to sell him was a clever one.

He implies that Spurs chose to sell a type of player they knew they had a ready-made replacement for, instead of cashing in on any of the best and irreplaceable stars.

Neville said (Sky Sports – Premier League Preview Debate): “Tottenham actually in the last three years, keeping the manager and keeping their three or four best players, and he has strategically lost, say, Kyle Walker, knowing that Trippier was coming through and things like that. So it’s been clever.”

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