Despite Pochettino’s words, Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters has proved he deserves chance against Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

The Tottenham youngster may well be the sole available right-back against Newcastle, even if he is an inexperienced one.

Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker-Peters (L) vies with Juventus' Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala during the pre-season friendly football match between Tottenham Hotspur and...Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker-Peters (L) vies with Juventus' Paulo Dybala

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Walker-Peters could yet be thrown into a intimidating Premier League debut in the coming weekend as the London side take on Newcastle United.

And if he does so, he will have earned his chance to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino despite the Argentine's apparent misgivings.

There have been moments where the 20-year-old has shown he is very much still in development, rather than the finished article this summer, but who would expect any different from a young player still yet to make his club debut.

His overambitious attacking instincts in the 4-2 win over PSG in the US was the clearest example of this, as he was left very much out of position when his team lost the ball - leaving Javier Pastore relatively unchallenged to fire home.

However, for the most part, the academy graduate has produced positive moments that should encourage the Tottenham fanbase in the club's preseason friendlies, on the back of an victorious Under-20 World Cup with England.

Walker-Peters' energy, pace and contribution to attacking moves in the final third has been visible in each of the games he has featured in this summer, while his tenacity and ability to cut out crosses from his flank has also impressed.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus on August 5, 2017 in London, England.Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino ushers Kyle Walker-Peters on at Wembley

Against Juventus on Saturday, the Londoner came on in the first half following Kieran Trippier's injury, and his flank was targeted by a succession of the Italian champion's attacking talents hoping to take advantage of such a young opponent. But Walker-Peters more than held his own despite his inexperience at facing players anywhere near the level of the Champions League runners up, and he offered something going forward while also doing a solid job at the back.

His contribution was recognised by the Spurs supporters at Wembley, who found themselves regularly applauding his work.

After the match, Pochettino was quoted by the Sun as saying he thought playing Walker-Peters in the Premier League opener against Newcastle United on Sunday might not be on his agenda.

“He is still so young and I think it’s too much for him," the Argentine said.

“He’s a player who needs to work with us and maybe play in different games."

But the match against Juventus, and performances in general this summer, suggest the youngster has more than earned a chance at St James' Park, especially if Spurs want to offer energy and pace from the right side.

If Trippier fails to recover, Walker-Peters is certainly a better option than moving utility man Eric Dier out wide, and it would be a surprise if Pochettino hadn't offered private words of encouragement to his young fullback.

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