Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino explains Kyle Naughton’s Swansea City decision

Kyle Naughton left Tottenham Hotspur for Swansea City earlier this week after struggling for playing time under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained his decision to let go of defender Kyle Naughton to The Express.

Naughton left Tottenham for fellow Premier League outfit Swansea City earlier this week in a deal reported to be worth £5 million by BBC Sport.

The 26-year-old right-back had fallen down the pecking order at Spurs and could make only five appearances in the Premier League for the North London outfit this season.

Signed from Sheffield United in 2009, Naughton faced competition from Kyle Walker last season, and from Eric Dier and DeAndre Yedlin this campaign.

Pochettino has now explained that he decided to let the former England Under-21 international leave White Hart Lane to get more playing time.

"I spoke to him and in the past he played more often," The Express quotes the Argentine as saying. "His decision was to find a club to have more opportunities to play.

“I agreed with his decision and I spoke to Swansea and the deal was sorted. I was happy with his performances but he needed to play more often than he did.”

The deal seems to suit all parties concerned. Tottenham get someone off their books for whom they had no use for, Swansea get a player to fill a position that needed strengthening, and Naughton will get the playing time that he longed for.

At 26, Naughton needs to play more regularly and progress in his career, and he will be able to do so at Swansea.

Of course, leaving Tottenham for Swansea is a step down, but sitting on the substitutes’ bench at White Hart Lane was not doing the Englishman much good anyway.

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