Former Southampton player Jason Dodd has backed Kyle Walker-Peters to show his true potential on the south coast.
Walker-Peters started the season in the Tottenham Hotspur starting eleven having featured in the opening three Premier League matches before suffering a hamstring injury in the loss to Newcastle.
The 22-year-old has not made an appearance in the English top flight since with his only outing coming under Jose Mourinho in the 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich in December (transfermarkt).
The right-back joined fellow Premier League side Southampton on loan for the remainder of the season.
Saints legend Dodd believes that the Spurs academy product has the potential to be as good as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Ironically, Walker-Peters was first choice right-back during England Under-20’s World Cup winning squad in 2017 (BBC) but has failed to kick on with his career which has seen Alexander-Arnold establish himself as one of the best right-backs in European football.
Speaking to the Southampton fan show on Love Sport Radio, Dodd, who made 329 Premier League appearances for the Saints said: “Oh my god, he is, in theory, what you said is a modern day fullback. He’s like a Trent Alexander Arnold, he’s great going forward.”
“One v one’s there is not many people going to get by him. You’re looking at a swap with Cedric going out, and we are getting a young hungry lad that wants to come down and play in the Premier League.”
Dodd also praised Walker-Peters’ desire to seek first-team football rather than collect his wages in North London. He added: “He knows his game time would have been limited where he was, he wants to play. That’s what is pleasing for me. The sooner we can get him out on the pitch, we can see what attributes what he’s going to bring to us.”
“I think he’s great, I think he’s got so much in his locker, if we keep finding key areas in our squad that we can add, I think collectively we will carry on the great form we are doing.”
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