Exclusive: Danny Mills claims Poch taking 'big risk' on Spurs player who started v Villa


Danny Mills has claimed that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is taking a “big risk” in using Kyle Walker-Peters as his first-choice right-back this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England full-back says that the 22-year-old is a good player but that he would prefer to see him used intermittently rather than as a regular in the starting XI.

The youngster was named among Pochettino’s first line up of the season, playing his part in the Lilywhites’ 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Mills says that there should not be comparisons made between the Spurs prospect and fellow young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold after the latter’s breakthrough at Liverpool, insisting that he is a level above Walker-Peters right now.

“I think it’s a big risk if he’s going to be the number one,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“You’ve still got Serge Aurier there, he’s hugely experienced. If he’s going to be the only right-back they have, I do think it’s a little bit of a gamble. People say about Trent Alexander-Arnold but he was and is exceptional and he forced his way into the team.

“Time will tell, he’s a decent player but if it was my choice, I’d like to dip him in and out this season.” 

On the fringes of the first team last season, Walker-Peters managed to feature 10 times across all competitions, while he has a total of 20 senior games under his belt to date.

Tottenham’s next game sees them take on reigning champions Manchester City away from home.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has made a “massive” transfer claim to Football Insider after lifting the lid on Daniel Levy.