As Tottenham boss Antonio Conte looks to further stamp his authority on his squad, one former Spurs player he might wish he still had, is Kyle Walker-Peters.
The 24-year-old was involved in the deal that saw him go to Southampton and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg head to the Lilywhites back in the summer of 2020, and it’s fair to say he has really stepped up his game since then.
His manager at Southampton, Ralph Hasenhuttl, dubbed the full-back a “role model” who “knows what he has to do on the ball” and is a “complete” package, while there have also been comparisons made with an England and Liverpool star.
Former Saints man, Jason Dodd, said: “He’s a modern-day full-back like Trent Alexander-Arnold. He’s great going forward, he’s quick, defensively that I like, in one vs ones there’s probably not too many people getting by him.”
And, if Conte needed any evidence on just how badly his side could do with him right now, then he need look no further than his performance in Southampton’s 3-2 victory against Spurs just last month.
As per Sofascore, he made four defensive contributions on the night, including one tackle, one blocked shot and two clearances, while he also showed his tenacity by winning three out of his five contested ground duels.
Going forward, he was also a significant threat for the Saints, managing one key pass and one official big chance created, while he looked supremely comfortable on the ball in boasting an 82% pass accuracy.
The £18m-rated star’s display against the Lilywhites, and his performances as a whole since his switch to St Mary’s has surely left the north London side wondering what could have been if they had simply held on to him.
The likes of Emerson and Doherty haven’t worked out, and given this new wing-back system under Conte, Walker-Peters would surely have thrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.