Kyle Walker-Peters is set to disappoint Southampton and Crystal Palace during the January transfer window, with the Tottenham Hotspur right-back planning to stay and fight for his place, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (24/11; page 72).
Walker-Peters has endured another fairly frustrating campaign. The 22-year-old has only made three Premier League appearances this season, with Serge Aurier promoted to first-choice following Kieran Trippier’s departure.
And it appeared that there were some top flight sides hoping to take advantage of his lack of game-time.
The Sunday Mirror (24/11; page 72) reports that Southampton and Crystal Palace were interested in signing Walker-Peters on loan in January.
However, it appears that Mauricio Pochettino’s departure and Jose Mourinho’s arrival has thrown a spanner in the works.
The Mirror reports that Walker-Peters is now planning to stay at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and fight for his place with Mourinho’s arrival handing every member of the squad a clean slate.
Of course, there is some time to go before January arrives. Spurs face nine games before the end of the year. And it must also be noted that Aurier was impressive against West Ham in Mourinho’s first game in charge.
There is enough time left before the window opens for Walker-Peters to delay an assessment of his situation. Should he continue to struggle, he may be tempted to leave temporarily.
Joining the Saints or Palace could be a great move for the youngster. A switch may actually provide him with the best platform to prove a point to Mourinho if Aurier continues to keep him out of the team.