Fresh on the heels of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton, we have the expected player heading the other way. Spurs’ Kyle Walker-Peters is now confirmed as a Southampton player. The sale was announced by both Tottenham and Southampton’s social media accounts, and is reportedly £12m, helping to offset the Hojbjerg transfer fee of £15m.
Walker-Peters will always be one of those “what-if” players for Spurs. A Tottenham academy graduate, he was praised as a youngster and for a while he looked like he was the heir-apparent to both Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier at the right back position for Spurs.
But while he made the odd appearance under both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho, he was never able to make the position his, and his career stalled when he wasn’t sent out on loan for several years under Pochettino. He got his chance in the spring of last season when he went on loan to Southampton, and apparently impressed manager Ralph Hassenhuttl so much that using this transfer as a makeweight for Hojbjerg was a win-win situation for both clubs.
KWP has his fans and his detractors, but whatever else you can say about him, he needed minutes. He’s going to get them at Soton, and I hope whatever else happens that he has a solid career as a Premier League professional.
In the meantime, our hopes for a homegrown right back now rest with 15-year old Spurs youngster Kyle Walker-Peters-Peters