Christian Eriksen was clearly the best player on the pitch at St James’ Park, inspiring the visiting Spurs to a 2-0 win. Walker-Peters, however, did demonstrate why he is rated so highly in North London with an effective performance at both ends of the park.
Though with Kieran Tripper in fine form and Serge Aurier costing a pretty penny from PSG, Walker-Peters’ opportunities have dried up lately. Spurs’ number 37 has played just twice since that Tyneside victory in August, against Barnsley in the EFL Cup and getting eight minutes off the bench against Huddersfield Town in late September.
It makes sense, then, that Spurs would let the England Under-20 World Cup winner leave on loan in January. The Sun reports that both Swansea and Stoke are on the lookout for a right-back and Walker-Peters could fit the bill if Mauricio Pochettino believes his development would be aided by a short-term departure.
Ironically, Walker-Peters could even replace a former Spurs right-back if Swansea proves to be the youngster’s destination. The Swans have endured a worrying start to the campaign and, with eight points from eleven games, are second from bottom in the league table.
And Kyle Naughton has been one of their most disappointing performers so far this season.
The 29-year-old, who failed to make the grade at Spurs and moved to Swansea for £5 million in 2015 (BBC), has featured in every Premier League game but his level of performance has left a lot to be desired. With Angel Rangel ageing and out-of-favour, Naughton's form has dropped with a lack of competition for places ensuring he starts every week regardless of form.
If Walker-Peters settles in South Wales, then, Naughton’s place could finally come under threat.