Kyle Walker-Peters isn’t Tottenham’s best player, but Mauricio Pochettino will be elated to have him back against Crystal Palace this weekend.
Tottenham managed to muddle through several matches without a right back, but it’s not something Mauricio Pochettino wishes to make a habit. That’s why the Argentine manager will be thrilled to get Kyle Walker-Peters back on the pitch this Saturday against Crystal Palace.
Football Insider has the report that the 22-year-old fullback will recover in enough time to be passed fit ahead of Tottenham’s next match. That is great news for Pochettino and his coaching staff. The experiment of playing Davinson Sanchez at right back went awkwardly, at best. Some might call it a disaster.
Walker-Peters’ pace should prove to be a massive factor against Palace. Defensively, Tottenham will need to employ fullbacks capable of handling the pace of players like Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend. The Eagles aren’t going to dominate possession against Spurs. Instead, they’ll look to do their damage on the counter attack. Leaving Sanchez out on an island against a player with Zaha’s speed and guile would equal disaster for Spurs.
The young Englishman’s return should also give Tottenham’s attack some much-needed width. Walker-Peters isn’t the crosser that Kieran Tripper was at his best for Spurs, but he does have the ability to dribble past his man before pinging a ball into the box. That skill is particularly effective against teams who try to sit deep and frustrate Spurs. Don’t be surprised if Walker-Peters gets a lot of time on the ball down Palace’s left hand flank on Saturday.
The key in the long-term for Walker-Peters is to continue to play matches where he avoids any glaring errors. Tottenham don’t need him to be a superstar. They simply need him to be a quality cog in Pochettino’s well-oiled machine. As such, Walker-Peters needs to keep his game simple. As long as he does that, he should continue to raise his stock in his manager’s eyes and retain his place in the Spurs’ starting XI.