With Kieran Trippier struggling for form and Serge Aurier injured, Kyle Walker-Peters would surely have been expecting to get the nod against West Ham United on Saturday when it was confirmed that the former would be on the substitutes’ bench.
It didn’t prove to be the case however, and now his career in north London must be in doubt.
Well, despite the struggles of Trippier and Aurier at times this term, Walker-Peters has still struggled to get many first-team minutes himself.
Now he is 22, the England U21 international is at an age where he could be making a real impression for the Champions League semi-finalists given how we have seen the likes of Dele Alli perform previously, but instead he has played just 615 minutes of football in total for Tottenham during the current campaign.
Even though England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final goalscorer missed out on a spot on the team-sheet against the Irons, the London-born right-back didn’t make it either as Mauricio Pochettino selected Juan Foyth there instead.
Given his age and lack of football this season, Pochettino has surely sealed his Spurs fate by picking a centre-back ahead of him at the weekend.
The Argentine boss clearly doesn’t trust the 5 ft 8 man enough otherwise he would have been in the XI to deal with Felipe Anderson.
Even though he has often impressed when he has been on the pitch – the three assists in the 5-0 win against Bournemouth on Boxing Day springs to mind – he appears to have something in his game that his manager doesn’t like.
It’s not as though he isn’t playing because he has teammates ahead of him that are performing really well, and that must be a worry for Walker-Peters.
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It is appearing more and more likely that he will need to leave if he wants to play more regularly, as Pochettino clearly doesn’t have enough faith in him.