Pundit shocked Spurs sold ‘brilliant’ star who kept Mane in his pocket

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2021 7:32 - Rob McCarthy

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Ian Wright has admitted his ‘surprise’ that Tottenham opted to sell young defender Kyle Walker-Peters over the summer.

The academy product quit north London for St Mary’s as part of the deal that saw Spurs sign Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg.

While the Dane has proved an excellent acquisition so far, Walker-Peters has taken his game to a new level.

He was outstanding in Saints win over Liverpool on Monday night, keeping Sadio Mane quiet for most of the night.

And Wright suggested that the 23-year-old is better than current Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier.

The Arsenal legend told Wrighty’s House Podcast (as cited by HITC): “Kyle Walker-Peters is extremely consistent.

“In defence and attack – I found it a surprise that Tottenham let him go.

“With all due respect to Serge Aurier, he seems to have found a little bit of something under Mourinho.

 

“But as a footballer and what Kyle Walker-Peters was doing. I was like ‘hang on, he’s doing everything’. He’s getting forward. He’s defending very well. He played brilliantly against Mane.

“It’s almost like Tariq Lamptey. He’s quite brilliant.”

Aurier showing signs of improvement

In fairness to Tottenham, Aurier’s game has improved significantly under Mourinho, although Walker-Peters clearly has the better upside.

Summer signing Matt Doherty from Wolves has yet to settle in at the club, producing some poor performances.

He was suspended for the League Cup semi-final win over Brentford after a red card against Leeds.

Spurs, meanwhile, will face Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece on April 25. Pep Guardiola’s men will play in their fourth successive final after beating rivals United on Wednesday night.

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