Mauricio Pochettino plays Kyle Walker-Peters first-team introduction at Tottenham Hotspur perfectly

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 August 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Images).

PA Wire/PA Images

Tottenham boss prevented pressure being placed on the 20-year-old and was rewarded with composed debut display by the right-back

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Walker-Peters (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Images). Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Walker-Peters (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Images).

Kyle Walker-Peters became the latest Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate to make his Premier League debut under Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday and he rewarded the faith placed in him by delivering an assured display.

The 20-year-old looked at home on the right-side of a back four and hardly put a foot wrong all game against Newcastle United.

Yet again Pochettino deserves a lot of credit for giving another Spurs youngster a chance and for the way he introduced the defender into the team.

After Tottenham beat Juventus 2-0 at Wembley on August 5, the Argentine was asked whether Walker-Peters was ready to start at St James’ Park if Kieran Trippier failed to recover from his ankle injury.

Pochettino replied: “Kyle is very young. It is true that to think about and give him a big responsibility, if something was wrong with Kieran, is too much.

“He is a player that needs to work with us and start to play in different games, but we cannot think that if Kieran is weeks out of the team that Kyle can replace him.

“I think we are working, but we were working before the injury happened and we have been trying to find a solution for different positions all over the pitch.”

Now only Pochettino will know what crossed his mind when he was asked whether Walker-Peters was ready to replace Trippier at Newcastle.

Was he playing mind games with the youngster as some have suggested? The World Cup winner is understood to have trained brilliantly in the lead up to Sunday’s game.

Did Walker-Peters step it up a notch after seeing Pochettino said he wasn’t going to play him against Newcastle? Or did the Tottenham boss just want to protect the full-back from the spotlight?

It could also have been a ploy to get the Magpies to prepare to face Eric Dier when it was going to be the England under-20 international after all.

There would have, understandably, been a lot made of the fact Walker-Peters was set to make his Spurs bow at St James Park.

But Pochettino prevented that by telling the press the defender wasn’t ready and so no pressure was placed on the right-back.

It was another impressive piece of management by the Spurs boss and clearly helped his young defender play with such calmness and authority at Newcastle.

Walker-Peters went on to pass his first competitive test in a Tottenham shirt with flying colours, but bigger challenges lie ahead.

Fortunately the youngster won’t come up against Eden Hazard on Sunday, although whoever Chelsea start out wide will almost certainly cause him problems.

But after an excellent debut, Pochettino will be hoping Walker-Peters can be solid again and show he is a viable option at right-back.

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories


Tottenham are preparing to face “the best team in Europe” on Saturday, but their manager is going to the Etihad to win


Clapton boss Jonny Fowell wants his side to get on a winning run to keep their chances of the Essex Senior League title alive.


Lisa Wilson spoke of her late son Tom’s decision to donate his organs this week as health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a new opt-out plan in England, writes Lee Power.


Leyton Orient look to avoid an FA Trophy giant-killing when they visit Haringey Borough in the first round on Saturday.


For this week’s Friday Q&A we have an old school Arsenal fan and passionate Trade Unionist Frank Radcliffe. There can’t be many Gooners still attending who went to the Winterslag away game but loyal Frank was one of them. Read on for his strong views on the club – as well as being held up at gunpoint as an innocent bystander by German police after Sergio Tacchini gear disappeared on a pre-season trip to Bochum in the 1980s...


Sadiq Khan was in Mare Street this morning to launch his new campaign tackling rough sleeping at St Mungo’s hostel.


England failed to cash in on centuries from Middlesex’s Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given his weekly press conference at London Colney. Read on for his views on injuries ahead of Newcastle United, the Arsenal Foundation, the latest on Jack WIlshere, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation and much more.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists