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.