This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Tottenham did very well in the summer transfer window, making a number of shrewd signings to reinforce areas of their team that were in need of bolstering.
Tanguy Ndombele arrived to replace Mouse Dembele’s drive in midfield, whilst Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke were signed to add youthfulness to the wide areas – Giovani Lo Celso will also add goals from midfield.
One area that has arguably got weaker, however, is right-back.
Kieran Tripper was awful last season, but even then, the England international was still ahead of Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters in Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order.
Following Trippier’s departure to Atletico Madrid however, nobody was signed as a replacement – as a result, Pochettino must rely on the pair who he deemed not good enough to start last term.
The former Southampton boss incidentally opted for Walker-Peters over Aurier in the season opener against Aston Villa, and the academy graduate didn’t disappoint.
The 22-year-old impressed at right-back against the Villans, making a number of solid contributions as he helped his side take maximum points from their first league outing of the campaign.
The 5 foot 8 defender made three tackles and three clearances to keep Dean Smith’s impressive Villa side down to just one goal, which was scored courtesy of a hopeful punt up field.
Walker-Peters also showcased his attacking talents on Saturday evening, drawing three fouls during the 90 minutes whilst also playing one key pass – he also embarked on two dribbles down that right flank.
Aurier reportedly wants to leave, whilst Juan Foyth – who looked set to play at right-back this term – picked up a serious ankle injury in pre-season, making Pochettino’s life even more complicated in terms of his right-back options.
Luckily for the Argentinian boss, he looks able to rely on Walker-Peters for dependable performances at right-back, and the youngster may have solved a major headache for his boss with his fine showing against Villa.