‘The penny must have finally dropped’ – Some Spurs fans left concerned by defender’s poor performance

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Dom Le Roy

With nothing riding on the final group game between Spurs and Bayern Munich last night Jose Mourinho unsurprisingly opted to name a makeshift team for the match.

Apart from handing starts to fringe players who haven’t had a chance to feature under him so far, the Portuguese manager also decided to start some of the younger players including Juan Foyth, Ryan Sessegnon and Kyle Walker-Peters.

Unsurprisingly, the Bayern team had too much for the unfamiliar Spurs team to handle after they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Walker-Peters was particularly poor on the night, when he seemed overwhelmed at times by Bayern’s attacking quality down their left-hand side. He looked to be a defensive liability for most of the game and was also quite wasteful in possession as well.

Some Spurs fans were quite concerned at the 22-year-old’s poor display and questioned why he hasn’t developed much at all in the past few years.

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While I have always considered Walker-Peters to be an intelligent footballer, the more I see him play for the first team, the more I am convinced that he will never be good enough defensively for the top level. He also repeatedly plays it safe going forward and almost never manages to get a yard on his man and put a ball in. So, I am failing to see what he provides at wing back.

Frustratingly, the club have failed to help him develop in recent seasons with a lack of game time – whether that be at Spurs or out on loan.

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