Kyle Walker-Peters makes strong start in battle to be Tottenham Hotspur's right-back

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa tackles Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotsur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August...

Kieran Trippier's departure from Tottenham Hotspur has opened up an opportunity for Kyle Walker-Peters at White Hart Lane.

Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Kyle Walker-Peters has thrown down the gauntlet to both Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier at Tottenham Hotspur now.

Tottenham’s right back spot is very much up for grabs, following Kieran Trippier’s departure to Atletico Madrid.

Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier and even Moussa Sissoko have been suggested as potential options for Tottenham on the right-hand side of their defence.

But it is Walker-Peters who currently has the shirt, and his display against Aston Villa was very encouraging.

 

The 22-year-old was a constant menace down the right flank, as the Spurs youngster showed his quality in the attacking third.

Walker-Peters will have more difficult defensive days than against Aston Villa this season, but his performance has to be judged on merit, and it was a very strong one.

Walker-Peters looked far more comfortable both defensively and offensively than the more experienced Danny Rose throughout the contest.

Wesley of Aston Villa and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019...

The next test for the academy graduate will be to prove that he can cope against the attacking strength of a side like Manchester City at the weekend.

But at the moment Walker-Peters looks to have made a very bright start to campaign to become Tottenham’s first choice right-back.

And there is no doubting just how much it means to the England youth international.

“I was just thinking about how much I love Harry Kane," Walker-Peters said to Spurs' official website after the match

"Honestly, I could have cried on the pitch. It was that sort of emotion as the goal went in. Growing up in Tottenham, I just love the club, so those moments mean just that little bit extra”

Walker-Peters' passion may just give him the edge in the battle to be Spurs's new right-back, and it could be that Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier are looking at places on the bench when they return from injury, if he keeps up his high standard of performance. 

Kyle Walker Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during the   Training Tottenham Hotspurs at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid Spain

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