Hugo Lloris believes this Tottenham defender has some ‘difficult times ahead’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, is always one to spot talent in the Spurs academy before bringing them through into the first team.

More often than not, when he puts his faith in a player, it means they are the real deal, from Harry Kane, to Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, and more.

The latest arrival into the starting XI is 22-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters, who has started the first two matches of the Premier League season.

He performed admirably in the first match against Aston Villa, as Spurs won 3-1, before standing up well against Raheem Sterling in the Man City game.

With Serge Aurier yet to appear this summer and Juan Foyth injured, KWP will likely hold the first-choice position down for a while yet.

The Spurs captain, Hugo Lloris, talked about Kyle Walker-Peters’ performance against Manchester City this week and insisted that the youngster has the experience and talent to make himself a first-team regular this season.

Lloris said (Standard): “The credit belongs to the manager and the coaching staff. They’re used to giving opportunities to young players from the academy and they can take it or not.

“It’s up to the players. But Kyle is not a novice: for a few years now, he’s been working every day with us. He knows exactly the principles and the demands of the gaffer and now he just needs experience.

“He had a few big games last season like Barcelona away, he tried to use it in the best way to improve and be like he has done in the last few games.

“He has showed his quality in the last few seasons in training. We all know the difficulty of repeating that in games, but we’ve all seen his potential.

“Now the most difficult for him is ahead. When you get to this level you have to stick to this level and try to improve and he’s at the right place, with the manager, coaching staff and his team-mates.

“We try to look after players to show the right way. He’s got the right mentality.”

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