Alan Shearer says player Spurs sold on Jose Mourinho's watch was 'great business' for his new club
Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters has made a huge name for himself since leaving Spurs and joining Southampton last year.
The 24-year-old burst onto the scene for Tottenham with an impressive debut against Newcastle United in August 2017, but managed just 24 appearances for the Spurs senior team.
In 2019-20, Walker-Peters made five appearances for Spurs and just one after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, despite the club’s lack of options at right-back at the time.
Eventually, he swapped London for Southampton on loan in January last year and, in August, signed a five-year deal with the Saints for a reported £12million fee.
Walker-Peters has clocked up 39 appearances for the south coast club, including 24 Premier League starts this season, and has earned plaudits aplenty for his impressive displays.
In the latest episode of Rising Stars on the Premier League’s YouTube channel, uploaded on Wednesday, Alan Shearer named the full-back amongst his most improved players this season.
“Southampton have had a mixed season so far, but Walker-Peters has been pretty consistent, registering the most tackles of any player in the team and is amongst the league leaders in tackles won,” said the Premier League legend.
“Going forwards though, he’s had less success, but when you look at his defensive qualities, you can really see his value like… against West Ham.
“He shows a quick burst of speed to react to Fornals’ backheel, he closes down Cresswell in an instant, shows great composure and blocks the cross.”
A Twitter message then appeared on screen in which a fan described Walker-Peters’ reported £12million fee as a “steal”, and Shearer added: “As a long-term investment, I have to agree there.
“A reported £12million for someone who could be at the club for the next 10 years or more is great business I think. I back Walker-Peters to keep getting better for Saints.”
Walker-Peters appeared to be surplus to requirements at Tottenham, having failed to get regular game time for both Mauricio Pochettino and then Mourinho, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see him leave last year.
That said, Daniel Levy was reportedly excited about the prospect of Walker-Peters breaking into the first team, but Mourinho didn’t rate him (ESPN) so the player left under his watch – could Spurs have made a big mistake?
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