Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters has admitted he’s looking to make a step forward in his career this upcoming season.
The 22-year-old has come through the academy ranks at Spurs and managed to force himself into the first-team squad in recent times.
He managed 10 senior appearances across all competitions during the last campaign and manager Mauricio Pochettino used him in a Champions League group stage match against Barcelona.
The Englishman is a right-back by trade, but has shown he’s got the versatility to slot in on the left if needed.
The full-back found himself behind Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier in the right-back pecking order last season, but is targeting more minutes next year.
“I’ve got to the stage where I’ve stopped looking at myself as a young player and now I’ve got to compete against friends in the dressing room and at the same time learn from them and take what they know and use it my game,” Walker-Peters said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“With the opportunities I’ve had so far, the manager has said ‘I do trust Kyle’ and I think I’ve done quite well. Now I need to kick on a bit more.”
“Pre-season is the opportunity to show the gaffer what you can do and try and get yourself in his plans for the season. That’s my aim.”
Walker-Peters has made an honest admission that he needs to kick on and that’s a fair assessment, after he’s been integrated to the first-team squad during the last year.
With neither Trippier or Aurier really make the right-back spot their own, it certainly seems like a spot could potentially open up for him.
He’s an attack-minded defender with great pace and his best performance last season came when he supplied three assists in a Premier League victory over Bournemouth.
The full-back has the qualities going forward and just needs to keep on improving to force his way into Pochettino’s team on a regular basis.