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Kyle Walker-Peters signs new Spurs contract through 2023

Well, now he pretty much HAS to start at Barcelona, right?

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Carabao Cup Fourth Round Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Unexpected news! Tottenham Hotspur announced today and on their website that young academy graduate and right back Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at Spurs until 2023!

KWP has been the ‘heir apparent’ at right back for a few seasons now, basically since the source of his cloned DNA, Kyle Walker, was sold to Manchester City. He’s been in the news a lot in the past couple of days after Serge Aurier limped off the pitch during Spurs’ win over Southampton at the weekend.

With Kieran Trippier still nursing a groin injury of his own, that leans KWP as, we assume, the only fully healthy right back at Tottenham, and Mauricio Pochettino previously said he would have no hesitation starting Walker-Peters in Tuesday’s must-win Champions League match at Barcelona.

While Poch hasn’t used him much — basically he’s played 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup win over West Ham and hasn’t played in the Premier League yet this season — this new deal would seem to be a major symbol of confidence in KWP. I mean, after giving him a new contract, he pretty much HAS to start at the Nou Camp NOW, doesn’t he?