Tottenham Hotspur may only have one natural right-back left at the club in Serge Aurier, but they still took the decision to loan out Kyle Walker-Peters in January.
The 22-year-old had started the first three Premier League games of the season under Mauricio Pochettino, but struggled for consistent chances after that.
While Aurier plays the vast majority of games at right-back these days, Spurs do have the likes of Japhet Tanganga, Eric Dier, Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, and Moussa Sissoko, who have all covered there before.
Walker-Peters has now claimed that he hopes his Southampton move, and the increased game time that will likely come with it, will boost his England chances.
Of course, right-back is perhaps England’s strongest position at the moment, with the likes of Trippier, Walker, Alexander-Arnold, James, Wan-Bissaka, Aarons, and more.
However, the Spurs academy graduate seems to be setting his goals high as he looks to compare himself to these players and reach, if not surpass, their levels.
He said (Sky Sports): “I think the main thing for a player my age is just playing.
“At Tottenham I had opportunities but I never really got a run and I think to establish yourself, to be considered for England, you need a run of games.
“Of course you need to play well, but once you are playing you are looked at a bit more.
“But yes competition for right-back is unbelievable. You’ve got Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker. Reece James is playing well at Chelsea.
“I’m always trying to compare myself to those players because if I want to play I need to be just as good or better than them.
“It won’t be easy but it’s something I’ve definitely got my eye on.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I would love nothing more than for Walker-Peters to reach the levels of Trent and Walker, but I just don’t see the natural talent there. I think the next 18-months is make or break for the 22-year-old in terms of his Spurs career.
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