The emergence of Japhet Tanganga has certainly been a reason for Tottenham fans to celebrate in recent weeks. The versatile defender has been thrust into the first-team by Jose Mourinho and adapted immensely well to the step up.
The result, according to the Evening Standard, is a new contract in the works which will see the 20-year-old earn £15,000-a-week.
It is great news for the player, but it also surely spells the end for another talent who has flirted with a first-team breakthrough in the past.
Kyle Walker-Peters is a highly-rated and adaptable full-back whose displays with the England youth teams have always left Tottenham fans hopeful of a first-team future for the player.
However, KWP has often struggled to take his chances in the Tottenham first-team and was loaned out to Southampton in January.
It was a deal that had Mourinho’s personal seal of approval, as he told Football.London, but surely Walker-Peters now has a near-impossible task of making it at Spurs.
“I think it is good for Kyle, go to Southampton, Cedric (Soares) has left to Arsenal, normally Kyle is going to have very good chances to play. Good for him.”
With Tanganga’s emergence, KWP has been pushed even further down the pecking order, which he was not exactly high on in the first place.
Tanganga’s emergence is fantastic for him and the team, but it might just be the final nail in Walker-Peters’ lowering Tottenham career coffin.