Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters's season hinges on good performance versus Rochdale

George Francomb of AFC Wimbledon battles with Kyle Walker-Peters of Spurs during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium on...

Does Kyle Walker-Peters's season for Tottenham Hotspur hinge on a good performance against Rochdale?

George Francomb of AFC Wimbledon battles with Kyle Walker-Peters of Spurs during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium on...

It doesn't seem that long ago that Kyle Walker-Peters was the next big thing at Tottenham Hotspur and while that still might be the case, he seems to be taking backwards steps in regards to first-team prominence.

The 20-year-old was omitted from Mauricio Pochettino's squad for tonight's Champions League clash away to Juventus and hasn't kicked a ball in the Premier League since September.

The talented full-back started Spurs' opening-day win at Newcastle back in August but the return of Danny Rose and the addition of Serge Aurier has since seen the youngster squeezed out of Pochettino's plans.

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...

Pochettino subbed Walker-Peters at half-time in the 1-1 draw at Newport County last month in a decision which probably dented his confidence, but he might get a second bite at the cherry in Sunday's trip to Rochdale and you wonder if failing to impress this time around could effectively end his season prematurely.

Disappointing against Newport might've been a one-off, but if it happens against Rochdale then it's a clear sign that he simply isn't ready for first-team football with Spurs and the Argentine manager will surely be reluctant to use him again this season.

Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker-Peters (R) vies with Juventus' Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah during the pre-season friendly football match between Tottenham Hotspur...

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino starts him, but Walker-Peters has all the motivation he needs to prove a point and failing to do so would be a big reason for concern. After all, how far away is he from being ready for Premier League teams if sides from League One and League Two are too much for him?

He remains an exciting prospect, but an underwhelming showing against Rochdale and Tottenham fans might not be seeing him again until pre-season.

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