Mauricio Pochettino will be seething as his Tottenham Hotspur side surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Olympiacos on Wednesday night – but he might not be as frustrated as one of his defenders.
Harry Kane and Lucas Moura gave Spurs a 2-0 lead at the break, but goals from Olympiacos duo Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena saw Spurs throw away a two-goal advantage for the second time this season – the same happened against Arsenal.
It was a frustrating night for anyone involved with Tottenham, but perhaps none more so than defender Kyle Walker-Peters who remained an unused substitute throughout the Champions League clash.
Indeed, the 22-year-old has made three Premier League appearances this season but with Serge Aurier left in north London because of injury, the England Under-21 international must have been thinking that he would make his fourth outing this term.
Instead, Pochettino chose to play Davinson Sanchez on the right side of the Tottenham defence, with Belgian duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at centre-back. Walker-Peters remained on the bench.
Not only was Walker-Peters the only recognised right-back in the squad available to face Olympiacos, but Pochettino believed that Spurs would be better off in playing a centre-back on the right side of defence.
Walker-Peters has been linked with a move away from Spurs in the past, but has been kept on at north London following Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid – where incidently the England international is shining.
However, after just 22 senior appearances since his debut at the start of the 2017-18 season, Walker-Peters has simply got to consider leaving the club with Pochettino seemingly not trusting him in the big games – and preferring to play a player out of position instead of him.