A number of Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to react to Kyle Walker-Peters’s display as the right-back made his debut for the Saints in their defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
There have would have been plenty of intrigue leading into Walker-Peters’s bow for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men. He joined on loan in January, but arrived too late to feature against Liverpool and was cup-tied for the FA Cup replay against his parent club.
But he did get the nod to face the Clarets at St Mary’s this weekend.
Unfortunately for Walker-Peters, it proved to be a disappointing first outing as Southampton were beaten 2-1 by Sean Dyche’s side.
And Walker-Peters’s performance seemed to attract a mixed response from both Spurs and Saints supporters on social media.
Whoscored.com shows that the youngster’s statistics were perhaps underwhelming. He boasted the worst pass-completion rate of any Southampton player. He also won just two of the four challenges he attempted.
He did however, complete three successful dribbles. No player on the pitch completed more than the 22-year-old.
Walker-Peters may be disappointed with his role in the winning goal. The full-back seemed to be beaten too easily before Matej Vydra slammed the ball home from the edge of the box.
It appears that more of the Southampton fans are optimistic that there will be more to come from the January signing.
They can understand why he did not stand out given that he had not played since December. And there have been some Spurs supporters who have also praised his display.
However, while some believe that Walker-Peters will show why he has a future at the highest level, they do not believe that he will be able to do enough to catch Jose Mourinho’s eye. And they expect his long-term future to lie elsewhere.
Here is what some of the Spurs fans made of Walker-Peters’s performance…
Not too bad on the ball but got caught out too easily a few times and struggled to deal with McNeil
— Jack.A (@thfcjack_) February 15, 2020
Walker Peters looked suspect before he came off. Another one to bin in the summer
— EverythingSpursN17 (@EverythingN17) February 15, 2020
Walker-Peters is growing into this. His biggest weakness is his timidity and passiveness. If he can start to believe he belongs at Premier League level, he has all the talent to make a great career for himself (sadly that won’t now be at Spurs). #SOUBUR
— B P Smyth (@BenSmyth94) February 15, 2020
He played well
— Ikey (@aurierfc) February 15, 2020
Didn’t have that good a game really. Seemed lost for periods of the game. Couldn’t make the block or tackle for Burnley 2nd goal. Got subbed off after that. I know I’m being harsh but he doesn’t seem to take charge on the field.
— Carpe Diem (@Jeanvictordesi1) February 16, 2020
Thought KWP looked neat tonight…Can hack it at this level albeit not for us 👍
— Spursfansince1992 (@spursfan9213) February 15, 2020
And here is what some of the Saints fans made of his display…
Thought that walker peters looked decent today to be fair. Shaky start but did well on the ball
— Max (@KingHasenhuttl) February 15, 2020
Only first game but Walker-Peters was a bit ordinary & lightweight. #SaintsFC
— K (@nicetrainers) February 15, 2020
Post Burnley melt: Adams must get more time. Last 5 minutes is useless. Obafemi for Long? Why not Adams? Djenepo very underwhelming display .Defence looked doddery as usual with only Stephens any good. Vestergaard, Bertrand, KWP & McCarthy poor. #SaintsFC
— sfcpaulhuttl (@sfcpaul100) February 15, 2020
KWP good debut their is a player in him and vesterggard needs to go in the summer
— Tam Traynor (@TamTraynor96) February 15, 2020
Thoughts on KWP today? To me he looked shaky, but maybe it’s because of the lack of playing time.
— Jarkko Hårdh (@HardhJarkko) February 15, 2020
Not impressed with KWP to be honest #SaintsFC
— Simon/Jacqui Akerman (@leosmokey) February 15, 2020