Kyle Walker-Peters: One of our own
It’s quite a surreal feeling to see an academy player step out in to the first team, after having seen them develop through the Spurs youth ranks. That’s how it felt yesterday when I tuned in to watch our season opener against Newcastle United, where Mauricio Pochettino made the brave call to hand 20 year old right back Kyle Walker-Peters his debut in the place of the injured Kieran Trippier. Long a favourite of mine, I’ve followed the one time strikers progress from under 18 level to the cusp of the first team squad. The 20 year old who some will remember played during Ledley King’s testimonial at the Lane, was a player who I always thought would make his senior debut sooner than he did. The promising right back who has excelled at both under 18 and under 21/23 level over the past couple of seasons, is yet another Spurs prodigy that Pochettino has given a debut to. I was never in any doubt that Kyle would rise to the occasion against Newcastle, he’s a real grafter, a youngster of immense ability. Walker-Peters left Spurs supporters reeling with his performance at right back, confident and assured. The Spurs man was heavily involved in the game, he got stuck in and made some good challenges. He adapted well to the mould of our game, he was pacy, alert and by no means out of place. Spurs kicked off the new season in style with a crucial 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James park (Dele and Davies with the goals) and the youngster who grew up close to white hart lane, played an integral part in that victory.
A fast and agile right back with tremendous close ball control, the full back has now made his first big step into the Spurs team. After years of excellent and consistent performances down the right flank, the 20 year old who was awarded the man of the match for his performance on Sunday. Is entering a hugely exciting part of his Spurs career, and after yesterday’s superb performance, I’m backing him to go on to make many more appearances for the lilywhites this season, starting with Chelsea at Wembley next Sunday. Walker-Peters who was a part of England’s under 20 world Cup triumph over the summer, is an exceptional talent and I am so very delighted for him on making his dream debut for Spurs. Whilst a lot of credit should go to Pochettino for integrating him into the first team fold, it’s important not to forget the big impact that the late Ugo Ehiogu has played in his development as a player. I think it’s fair to say this certainly won’t be the last time Spurs fans hear the name Walker-Peters mentioned this season. COYS