Southampton icon Jason Dodd has told Love Sport Radio that he believes Tottenham Hotspur star Kyle Walker-Peters is similar to Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, after the young right-back moved to Southampton on loan.
Walker-Peters, 22, managed just one appearance since Jose Mourinho took over and that convinced the England youth international to leave Tottenham on loan in January – especially with Japhet Tanganga being used over him at right-back.
The defender was not included in the Southampton side that suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out, while being unable to play against his parent club due to loan rules on Wednesday night in the FA Cup.
Dodd, though, is excited to see Walker-Peters in red and white stripes with the defender’s first potential outing against Burnley on February 15. He compared Walker-Peters to Alexander-Arnold, claiming the Spurs loanee is good going forward.
“Oh my god, he is, in theory, what you said is a modern day fullback. He’s like a Trent Alexander Arnold, he’s great going forward,” Dodd said. “One v one’s there is not many people going to get by him.
You’re looking at a swap with Cedric going out, and we are getting a young hungry lad that wants to come down and play in the Premier League. I think he’s great, I think he’s got so much in his locker.”
TBR’s view – Walker-Peters is a long, long way off Alexander-Arnold
Dodd may be slightly biased given he is a Saints legend, but he is nothing like Alexander-Arnold. The England international is probably the best right-back in the world at the moment, while Walker-Peters has managed just 24 senior outings.
The Daily Mail claim Spurs value Walker-Peters at £12million but realistically, they would be lucky to get that figure for the Spurs defender – while Alexander-Arnold is probably considered priceless by the Liverpool hierarchy.