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Can Kyle Walker-Peters replace Danny Rose at Tottenham Hotspur?

The full-back is more than capable of playing at left-back for Tottenham.

Mathew Nash



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Tottenham Hotspur finally put Rochdale to bed in the FA Cup yesterday, beating the League One side 6-1 at Wembley. It was a special occasion for one Spurs player in particular. Kyle Walker-Peters put the icing on the cake for spurs, scoring the sixth and final goal.

It was also his first goal for the club and he celebrated with joy in front of the Spurs faithful. Tottenham fans are of course big fans of Walker-Peters and feel he has a bright future in the game.

This season, following the departure of near namesake Kyle Walker to Manchester City, could have been his breakthrough. However, Tottenham signed Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain creating another barrier for the talented full-back.

With Aurier and Kieran Tripper at Tottenham it is hard to see how Walker-Peters will make his breakthrough in the immediate future.

Perhaps though, it is at left-back where Walker-Peters will thrive.

Though naturally right-footed, the 20-year-old has shown a natural ability on the left-hand side of defence in the past. He featured in the role for England at the under-20 World cup and has the ability to use both feet with aplomb.

Tottenham’s starting left-back at present is Welshman Ben Davies He has come on leaps and bounds this season, surpassing Danny Rose to become number one choice in the role.

A year ago and the thought of Rose being cast aside at Spurs would have been laughable. Often referred to as Mauricio Pochettino’s teacher’s pet by team-mates he has had a torrid year. Not only has he struggled with serious injury trouble but rose courted controversy last summer. He gave an interview in which he strongly insinuated he would welcome a Tottenham exit.

This summer Tottenham may just lose Rose but instead of buying a replacement, they should consider giving Walker-Peters a chance.

So he is right-footed? There have been numerous examples of right-footed defenders thriving at left-back. Philipp Lahm? Cesar Azpilicueta? Gianluca Zambrotta? Not forgetting the ultimate, Paolo Maldini.

Walker-Peters has the technical and positional nous to play the role and is comfortable on either foot. The threat of coming inside on his right-foot is a blessing as well as a burden.

Lahm would often come in and strike from range, Danilo has done similar at Manchester City this season.

It keeps opposing right-backs guessing when on the attack. Do you show him outside knowing he can cross with his left? Or push him in to contain, knowing he is on his stronger foot?

Defensively the youngster has what it takes and his unpredictability going forward could make him a potent threat for Tottenham.

If Rose goes this summer, Spurs should give Walker-Peters the role as Davies’ back-up. It might just work out as a Mauricio Pochettino masterplan.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Now valued at £31.3m, Tottenham could have got Cengiz Under for £11.7m

Tottenham tried to sign the Roma winger last summer, but he headed to Italy.

Mathew Nash



It seems that AS Roma winger Cengiz Under is a wanted man this summer. Manchester City are reportedly keen on the player, after an excellent debut season in Serie A. As reported by Calciomercato the Turkish international has a fond admirer in the form of City boss Pep Guardiola.

That has since seen his market value make the headlines. It is reported by Hurriyet that Under is valued at €35 million (£31.3 million). That report also suggests Tottenham are keen on the player. It seems unlikely and rather interesting timing, considering it came just hours after an opinion piece in the British press about Tottenham revisiting their previous interest.

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Because Spurs were keen on the player last summer.

Ajanspor reported at one point that Tottenham were close to signing the player from Istanbul Basaksehir. However, he headed to Roma instead. The player himself spoke of why he decided on Italy over the UK.

“I was convinced after we heard Monchi’s plan. Monchi [Roma’s director of football] explained they were making big changes. He made it clear that he wanted me as a player for the first-team squad, not as a future prospect. He valued me as a footballer in my own right now, as a rising star with potential.”

Cengiz Under on why he chose Roma

Under has since gone on to have a great season in the Italian capital and has clearly caught the eye of other clubs.

The fee he joined Roma for was a bargain. The Giallorossi snapped up Under for a fee of just £11.7 million.

Tottenham must no doubt regret not managing to secure a deal for the player last summer. He was at a bargain price and proved to be a successful recruit.

If Tottenham want him again in the future, they are looking at paying double what they might have 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Grealish wait, Pavard blow and new kits

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash



Grealish wait

Tottenham Hotspur are not likely to tie up a deal for Jack Grealish before Sunday, despite conflicting reports.

Spurs fly out on their US tour on Sunday and there has been some suggestions that Aston Villa want a deal done before then – with another tax bill looming.

But Football.London report that the two sides are still far apart on a fee and negotiations are unlikely to be done by the end of the week.

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Pavard blow

Tottenham have been linked with Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The World Cup winner with France has been suggested as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld – whose future looks away from North London.

However, a report in Germany suggests that Spurs may be too late. SWR is claiming that Pavard has agreed on a pre-contract arrangement with Bayern Munich over a move to the German giants next summer.

They suggest he will join Bayern for €35 million (£31.3m) next summer.

New kits mixed reaction

Tottenham have unveiled their new kits for the upcoming season. The new strips have received a mixed reaction online, with the away kit being poorly received.

The home strip features a fading blue pattern from the bottom, which makes it appear Tottenham’s players have rather long shorts on.

Both kits have been lampooned and praised in equal measure on Twitter.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely



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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.


Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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