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Kyle Walker-Peters on the mentality of Tottenham’s academy players

Spurs' Under-21’s were victorious in their league opener against Everton yesterday.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Walker-Peters has revealed the thought process behind the academy players as they look to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane.

Speaking to Spurs TV following his sides 4-1 demolition of the Toffees at Hotspur Way, the pacey full-back said: “The three points are important for us. We always focus on trying to win the league, we want to emulate the first team and to do that we need to be the best Under-21 team.”

Walker-Peters also gave a special mention to Tottenham’s star-in-waiting, Alex Pritchard: “I thought we played well, especially in the first half. We took our chances well, Alex Pritchard – the free-kick specialist – took his goals well and we defended solidly, apart from one counter-attack. We’ll take a look at that and learn from it.

“We’ve got some good midfielders and they are good at keeping things tight and playing around people. We also kept the pitch big, which meant Everton had to do a lot of running.”

The 18-year old is among the highest-rated talents in an academy packed full of players on the verge of breaking through, but he faces the toughest of tasks with Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and DeAndre Yedlin all ahead of him in the right-back pecking order.

As it stands, Walker-Peters is still too lightweight to be considered close to the first-team, but a loan move in the near future is a distinct possibility.

The quality of young talent at Spurs is well known, with the likes of Harry Winks and Josh Onomah now seeing involvement with the first team, but several more young stars are waiting in the wings.

Chief among those are Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ismail Azzaoui, Milos Veljkovic and Walker-Peters himself, and with standout players emerging in even younger age groups – the future of Tottenham Hotspur looks to be in good hands.

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