He may have just claimed a spot in the PFA Team of the Year for his dynamic and explosive displays at right-back, but Kyle Walker’s future at the White Hart Lane is by no means certain, with The Telegraph claiming Manchester City are interested in signing the England international and believe Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to listen to offers.
With that in mind, we asked Spurs fans last weekend whether they’d cash in on the 26-year-old this summer, with understudy Kieran Trippier representing a ready-made replacement, and according to our exclusive poll, 47% of Lilywhites supporters would.
Curiously, that coincided with Walker being benched in favour of Trippier for Spurs’ Premier League clash with bitter rivals Arsenal yesterday afternoon and although it wasn’t exactly the biggest test Tottenham have faced this season – the Gunners were rubbish – the former Burnley man did show he’s more than capable of filling his team-mate’s void long-term.
We all know what Trippier can offer going forward with that lethal right foot and he finished the match, unsurprisingly, with two chances created and one cross to his name – whilst completing the fourth-most chances of any Lilywhites star.
But perhaps what stands out more is how the 26-year-old held his own defensively as well, despite having to contend with Alexis Sanchez in the difficult-to-mark inside left forward role, making five tackles and five clearances – both being the best returns of any Spurs player.
With Tottenham facing some big games between now and the end of the season, Trippier has a chance to prove how expendable Walker actually is – provided he keeps his place in the starting XI for clashes with West Ham and Manchester United.