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Tottenham Hotspur Are Keeping Tabs On This Southampton Full-Back: Decent Option For Conte?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, talkSPORT mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters. It has been claimed that Spurs are one of the clubs hoping to acquire the services of the English talent.

Walker-Peters’ Impressive Form In English Football This Season

Walker-Peters is having a decent campaign at St. Mary’s Stadium as he has put in a handful of solid displays on the right side of Southampton’s backline. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net once in 16 matches for the Saints this season across all competitions.

The London-born sensation has been an impressive performer on the right flank and has done well to average 1.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.7 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.5% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Walker-Peters is under contract at the English club until the summer of 2025. Thus, Spurs will have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about landing him this month.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Is Walker-Peters A Decent Option For Tottenham Hotspur?

Walker-Peters is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger well to secure the ball back for his team on the defensive third of the pitch. He is quick to spot the danger and doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive.

The English talent can create some inviting chances for his teammates in the final third and is a decent dribbler with the ball as well. He is primarily a right-back but can also play as a wide player on either flank if his manager tells him to do so.

We can expect Walker-Peters to enhance the quality of Tottenham‘s defensive department and help them compete for a European spot in the Premier League over the next few years.

At 25, Walker-Peters is about to enter his prime and has got the quality to make an instant impact at the North London club if Antonio Conte can find a way to get him on board this year. All in all, the Southampton full-back would be a good option for Spurs to pursue during this winter transfer window. However, it remains to be seen whether he can cope with the high expectations at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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