Manager explains why Spurs right-back has to improve defensively

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that Kyle Walker-Peters needs to amend his defensive style before earning a place in the Saints starting eleven.

After starting the first three Premier League games of the season for Spurs, Walker-Peters struggled for further first team football in North London.

He barely saw any action after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm in November and it came as little surprise when the defender joined Southampton on loan until the end of the season.

However, since moving to the St Mary’s, the 22-year-old has made just one start for the club which came in the 2-1 defeat to Burnley last month.

The defender once again watched on from the bench last weekend when Southampton fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle and it was Yan Valery, who started at right-back ahead of Walker-Peters, who was culpable for the Magpies’ goal.

When asked after the game why Valery played over the Spurs loanee, Hasenhuttl told The Daily Echo: “I think Kyle is new in our club, on loan until the summer.

“He played one game against Burnley where you could also see that he has to learn how we defend and it will take time.

“Yan was very long waiting for this chance and I think until the mistake he made a good job in this position.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Some rustiness was to be expected with Walker-Peters given how little football he’s played in the last twelve months. Hopefully, he manages to win his place in the Southampton side and puts in some impressive displays before the end of the season. While I don’t think the youngster has a future at Spurs under Mourinho, I believe he can earn a decent transfer in the summer if he does well at Southampton.

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