Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker-Peters is to remain on loan at Southampton until the end of the extended Premier League season, but his future at Spurs remains uncertain despite his contract until 2023.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Tottenham but to date has only made 24 appearances for the Spurs senior team since his impressive debut against Newcastle United in August 2017 (Transfermarkt).
Walker-Peters has made five appearances this season for Tottenham (Transfermarkt) and just one since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as head coach at Spurs, despite the club’s lack of options at right-back.
He made the temporary switch from London to Southampton back in January but his time on the south coast hasn’t been particularly fruitful, with just 73 minutes of game time spread across two Premier League games to date.
The Saints have the option to keep Walker-Peters at St Mary’s on a long-term basis, but manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has told The Daily Echo that he hasn’t made a decision yet, so far only looking to the end of the extended season.
“I’ve not decided yet,” the Saints’ boss told the south coast outlet.
“He will stay with us to the end of the season with us and we have now eight games in the short term so it’s quite likely he can start one game or two games or whatever.
“It’s important that we trust every player who is with us and I do this – and when he gets the chance he will make a good game.”
Walker-Peters appears to be surplus to requirements at Tottenham, having failed to get regular game time for both Mauricio Pochettino and now Mourinho, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him moved on at the end of the season.
However, it remains to be seen whether Southampton will be his next permanent destination, given Hasenhuttl has given him 73 minutes so far, as well as potentially playing little more than a bit-part role in the coming weeks.
It’s a shame that a player tipped for success at Spurs just a few years ago – Dele Alli described him to Spurs TV, as quoted by Sports Mole, as a “fantastic player” – now looks to be on the way out, but if he does, hopefully he can get his career back on track.