‘He still needs to improve’ – Poch implies this player needs to prove he is a starter

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Kyle Walker-Peters
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Tottenham Hotspur managed to earn a point away at the Etihad this evening, with the scoreline finishing at 2-2.

However, this doesn’t even begin to tell the true tale of the match between the two Premier League sides. Man City dominated from start to finish against Spurs and were unlucky not to run away with it.

Meanwhile, Tottenham created very little but converted what they did make, with Lamela grabbing one and setting up another for Lucas Moura.

Kyle Walker-Peters, newly-promoted to the starting line up since Kieran Trippier’s sale to Atletico, had a tough evening against in-form Raheem Sterling.

The Man City winger managed to get the beating of the 22-year-old Spurs man time and time again down that left-hand side, but then again, he won’t be up against that calibre of player each week.

Pochettino has now claimed that KWP needs to improve if he is to prove himself as a worthy first-choice moving forward.

Poch said (Football London): “I think he still needs to improve. He’s still so young. It’s not easy when you’re a back-up player. You have an amazing opportunity when you play and you feel the excitement, but when you feel the responsibility 200% when you’re first choice and we’ll see how he deals with that. He was up against one of the best players in Sterling.”

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  1. Shouldn’t have sold Walker and Trippier then, should we!
    How can we be considered title contenders without a first rate right back?
    Man City have three!! And all our rivals are pretty well covered in that area.
    While we have only the disastrous Aurier, along with the stunted
    improvement of KWP.
    What were we thinking, selling Tripps without sorting out a half decent replacement??
    Like Walker, he had his flaws, and he didn’t have the best of seasons after
    his World Cup exploits, but look at Walker now! And I’m sure Tripps would have
    recaptured that old form of his again. How we miss that old marauding of both, alternating, on
    that right flank!

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