Tim Sherwood thinks Southampton player should be at Tottenham
Tim Sherwood has told Optus Sport’s The Midweek Preview Show that he thinks Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters should still be at Tottenham Hotspur – after the club ‘burnt bridges’ with right-back Serge Aurier.
ESPN, among other outlets, have reported that Aurier stormed out of the stadium at half-time during Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Premier League champions Liverpool. It comes after a bust-up with manager Jose Mourinho, as Matt Doherty remained.
Aurier was missing from the Tottenham squad during a 1-0 defeat to Brighton last time out. Walker-Peters, 23, has since impressed following his move to the south coast – initally on loan before a permanent £12m deal in the summer.
Walker-Peters, who earns £23,000 a week (Spotrac) at Southampton, has impressed for the Saints this season and Sherwood thinks the England Under-21 international should still be at Spurs – claiming it was a risk to let him go.
“Serge Aurier, it looks like they have burnt bridges with him, he’s fallen out with him,” Sherwood said. “Is it going to be Doherty [that starts]? I think Walker-Peters should still be at the football club. It was a risk letting him go, in hindsight.”
TBR’s view – Sherwood is right, letting KWP go was a mistake
But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Walker-Peters’ form has been so good that he would be in the England side, had it not been for the plethora of right-sided defenders at the disposal of Gareth Southgate. Given his age, he has turned into a bargain.
If he was still in Tottenham’s squad, he would start with Aurier sidelined and Doherty struggling. Yes, selling Walker-Peters was crucial to bring in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg which was pivotal for Spurs – but Walker-Peters would start if at Tottenham now.
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