Kieran Trippier comments should encourage Kyle Walker-Peters

General view outside Wembley stadium before the match

Could Kyle Walker-Peters establish himself as the first-choice Tottenham Hotspur right-back next season?

Kyle Walker had been the first-choice right-back at Tottenham Hotspur for years, and his departure to Manchester City will leave a huge space in the North London club’s starting lineup.

Walker is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, and the progress that the 27-year-old England international made over the past three or so years has been brilliant.

It will be tough for Tottenham to find a replacement who can make the same impact right away, and as things stand, Kieran Trippier is the first-choice right-back for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier in action with CSKA Moscow's Lacina Traore

The 26-year-old had been the second choice for the past two seasons and played quite well when he was given the chance.

Trippier, though, is not taking his place in the Tottenham first team for granted, and has suggested that he faces competition from Kyle Walker-Peters.

Walker-Peters is only 20 years of age and also plays as a right-back. The English youngster has yet to make his Premier League debut for Tottenham, but he has trained with the first team.

Tottenham's Kyle Walker Peters  in action with Nottingham Forest's Luke Thomas (L)

"I've got Kyle Walker-Peters who is a very good player,” Trippier told Football.London. "He is a very good, hungry right-back. He's just won the World Cup. He's a very good young player.

"If I get an opportunity, I don't think about things like that. I just put the shirt on, give 100 per cent, give my best, so I don't know about that [not having Walker as competition anymore].

“I always give my best regardless of whether there's somebody there or not to make sure I'm number one."

Trippier's comments should encourage Walker-Peters, as they underline just how much the Tottenham defender rates and respects the 20-year-old.

Tottenham could sign a new right-back before the summer transfer window slams shut, but even if they do, Walker-Peters should do his best to impress manager Pochettino in pre-season and break into the first team for the 2017-18 campaign.

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