Gary Neville suggests Tottenham selling Kyle Walker was part of a clever plan

Kyle Walker of Manchester City prepares to take a throw-in during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London,...

Tottenham Hotspur sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City two years ago.

Gary Neville during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Gary Neville suggested that Tottenham strategically selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City was part of a clever plan from Daniel Levy and co, when speaking on Sky Sports’ Premier League season preview debate.

Spurs sold the 48-capped England international to City in the summer of 2017 for a fee believed to be worth £45 million, according to BBC Sport, and at the time, many of the club's fans criticised the sale.

Kieran Trippier stepped into Walker's shoes, however, and arguably delivered better performances than his international teammate.

 

The now Atletico Madrid ace struggled last season, however, as Walker excelled for City.

And now Tottenham's right-back department seems to be considerably weaker all-round.

Neville suggested that selling Walker was part of a clever strategic plan from Spurs, however, when speaking on Sky Sports’ Premier League season preview debate:

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City and Kyle Walker of Manchester City dispute the sending off of Kyle Walker with the fourth official during the Premier League match between...

"Tottenham actually in the last three years, keeping the manager and keeping their three or four best players, and he has strategically lost, say, Kyle Walker, knowing that Trippier was coming through and things like that. So it’s been clever."

Walker is arguably one of the world's finest right-backs, and it is hard to argue that the 29-year-old wouldn't strengthen Tottenham's current first XI.

On the flip-side, however, Spurs did receive a lucrative fee for the right-back, so it could be argued that all parties benefited from the deal in the end.

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker (R) vies for the ball with Basel's Norwegian midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi (L)  during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg...

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