Ian Wright has questioned the logic in Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Walker-Peters, insisting that the right-back is a better player than the likes of Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal and Serge Aurier.
Walker-Peters joined Southampton in the summer of 2020 after a successful loan spell on the South Coast in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg making a move in the opposite direction.
The Spurs academy graduate’s stock has been growing steadily since his move to St Mary’s thanks to his consistent displays for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
The 24-year-old has been a potent attacking threat for the Saints on the right side and he also seems to have improved defensively over the last 18 months.
Walker-Peters has been rewarded for his performances with a call up to the England squad, and Wright believes Tottenham will be ruing their decision to let him.
The Arsenal legend said on Wrighty’s House podcast on The Ringer (23/03/22): “Kyle Walker-Peters. It’s great to see him. I remember watching him at Tottenham and I’m thinking ‘they got rid of him and brought in Serge Aurier?’
“When I watched Serge for a couple of games I’m thinking ‘I’m sorry, Kyle Walker-Peters is a better player’. They brought Emerson Royal in and I’m saying I’m sorry, he’s a better player.
“And even with Doherty, who does great stuff going forward, I’ve watched Walker-Peters and I’m glad he’s got the call-up. I’m thinking ‘why have Tottenham got rid of him when you see how he plays?'”
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Some of our poor transfer decisions over the last couple of years have been a result of a lack of direction at the top, with the club alternating between different styles of manager over the past couple of years.
Hopefully, we have more continuity and a clear direction when it comes to our squad building, now that Fabio Paratici is at the top. Foyth is in the same category as Walker-Peters as I suspect the Argentine would have been a perfect fit for Conte’s back three.
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