By Danny Wright
Tottenham fans have hailed Kyle Walker-Peters after his solid display helped his side to a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
The 20-year-old had been drafted in to play at right-back following the injury to Kieran Trippier, who has been left without a back-up option in the wake of Kyle Walker’s big-money switch to Manchester City earlier this summer.
Walker-Peters had never played for the Spurs senior squad before Sunday’s trip to Tyneside, but showed that he had the mental ability to be able to cope with the pressure of Premier League football as he formed part of the backline that kept an emphatic clean sheet.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were helped out in their bid to get off to a winning start when Jonjo Shelvey was shown a straight red card for what appeared to be a stamp on Dele Alli.
Spurs’ England international dusted himself off to open the scoring in the 61st minute before Ben Davies doubled the Londoners’ lead nine minutes later.
Tottenham fans were impressed with all aspects of their squad on Sunday and many reserved special praise for England Under-20 international Walker-Peters, with one saying that he was “the best player” on the pitch.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Tottenham Hotspur FC (@THFClub) August 13, 2017
Great game by Walker-Peters so far #COYS
— Gareth Brayson (@garkiwi) August 13, 2017
Delightful ball from Eriksen there for the goal. Walker Peters good debut so far. Dembele is still a beast! #COYS
— Stuart Hazell (@StuartGHazell) August 13, 2017
Kyle walker-peters doing that wing back position proud today ???????? good lad … but lets stop tye nonsense and deal with these lot #COYS
— Macabre Unit ▪️Nurve (@NurveMusic) August 13, 2017
Loving Kyle walker-peters so far. Lively, all over the pitch, providing excellent cover and options up front. #COYS
— Jaideep (@DrJaiKan) August 13, 2017
When Kyle Walker Peters is your best player on the opening day #coys
— Lewis (@YidBuckler) August 13, 2017
Drab first half from Spurs. Several players still on the beach. Walker-Peters the only positive. #COYS
— Steven Johnson (@Johnnno75) August 13, 2017
Tottenham will now be hoping to string together consecutive victories in what will be their first ever Premier League match away from White Hart Lane against champions Chelsea at Wembley next Sunday.