Kyle Walker isn’t irreplaceable for Tottenham
I think Kyle Walker is a really important player for Tottenham. As a diehard Spurs fan, I’ve enjoyed watching the speedy right back blossom under Mauricio Pochettino’s watchful eye. I’d be sad to see him leave the club. That does not, however, mean that Daniel Levy shouldn’t explore selling him to Barcelona this summer.
In case you missed it, reports from England claim that the talented English right back is high on Barcelona’s summer shopping list. The Catalan giants have struggled to find a replacement for Dani Alves all season long. The combination of Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal just hasn’t been able to live up to the club’s lofty standards.
As such, Barca are expected to make purchasing a starting right back one of their top priorities this summer. Walker happens to be one of the top right backs in Europe. Their interest in acquiring him is both logical and predictable.
Losing him would be a big blow for Tottenham. Pochettino asks a lot of his fullbacks, and Walker’s world-class athleticism allows him to be hugely influential for Spurs. He isn’t a perfect player though. He hasn’t developed the offensive game that many hoped would emerge as his game matured. At 26 years of age, the player he is today is largely the player he’s going to be. There isn’t too much development left in his career arc.
More from Tottenham Hotspur
- Bayern Munich reach agreement for Harry Kane
- Antonio Conte goes scorched earth on Tottenham
- Clement Lenglet set to join Tottenham on loan
- Tottenham set to sign Brazilian Richarlison
- Tottenham Hotspur hold off Arsenal for Champions League spot
The club also have a hot prospect waiting in the wings at Walker’s position. Kyle Walker-Peters isn’t ready to be a full-time starter yet, but his potential is undeniable. It’s not as if Tottenham would need to go out and purchase a long-term replacement for Walker if he was sold.
As a result, Daniel Levy shouldn’t hang the phone up on Barcelona when they call. There might be an opportunity for the club to coax a silly transfer offer from the La Liga giants. Some Tottenham stars are priceless, Walker isn’t quite at that level.
That doesn’t mean he isn’t extremely valuable though. Levy should be looking for a massive offer from Barcelona if he’s going to sell. Notice I did not say a massive offer for a defender, I said a massive offer.
If Spurs are going to part with a player like Kyle Walker, they need to receive a bid in excess of £60 million. I certainly don’t think Barcelona are going to offer that kind of money, but stranger things have happened. Tottenham should at least give Barca the chance to overpay for Walker’s services.