Tottenham Hotspur loanee Kyle Walker-Peters has shared with Southampton’s official website the decision from Mauricio Pochettino that left him really disappointed during the Argentinian’s tenure at Spurs.
Walker-Peters is currently on loan at St Mary’s after leaving Tottenham during the January transfer window. In truth, it currently looks difficult to see the youngster breaking into Jose Mourinho’s plans upon his return.
Walker-Peters has had to bide his time waiting for chances since breaking into the first-team. But there have been glimpses of his potential – most notably, during his debut for the senior side.
That came on the opening day of the 2017/18 season when he was man of the match in a win over Newcastle.
Despite his display however, the 22-year-old did not start another league game until May. And Walker-Peters explained how difficult it was to not retain his place in the side.
“If you get man of the match, you expect to start the next game, which was against Chelsea. I guess you can say that’s a lot to ask of a young player, but at the time I was really disappointed not to start,” he told Southampton’s official website.
“I never understood why I didn’t play much after I got man of the match, but the manager has to make decisions and what he thinks is best.
“I just always made sure in training I worked hard and really tried to improve for myself, because ultimately when that opportunity does come, as it did at the end of the season, I had to show I’d improved and I was capable to play. I think I did that.”
There have arguably been a number of occasions where Walker-Peters has impressed for Tottenham. And yet, he has managed to make just 12 Premier League appearances for the club during his time in the senior side.
He will now be hoping to prove that he can still realise that initial potential he showed. Some Spurs fans would be forgiven however, for fearing that his development has stagnated too much.
Neither Pochettino or Mourinho has been willing to hand him an extended run in the team.
But he now has a fantastic opportunity at Southampton. And if his time on the south coast is not going to win Mourinho over, perhaps it may open the door for a permanent move elsewhere this summer.