Darren Bent has tipped Kyle Walker-Peters to take the place of Davinson Sanchez in the starting XI when Tottenham take on Crystal Palace this weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England international says that he believes the young full-back deserves to return to Mauricio Pochettino’s side after being sidelined through injury.
The 22-year-old started the opening three games for the Lilywhites but was forced to sit out the north London derby against Arsenal, watching Sanchez play as a makeshift right-back during the 2-2 draw.
With the youngster back in full training ahead of the clash against Palace in north London, Bent has tipped him to take the place of his Colombian teammate, insisting he needs to play for the good of his development.
Asked if he would bring Walker-Peters back into the starting XI, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, I probably would. Yeah, I would do. I think he’s played well enough to warrant that. It depends on his fitness, there’s no point stunting his development and his growth because he’s playing really, really well.
“It’s not easy taking over from the guys who were ahead of him, long may it continue.
“(Who to drop?) I like Toby and Vertonghen’s partnership. For me I’d go with them two, if they’re fit, I go with them.”
Walker-Peters has emerged as Spurs’ first-choice right-back following the departure of Kieran Trippier this summer, Serge Aurier yet to feature after two unused substitute outings.
Mauricio Pochettino has also made use of Juan Foyth on the right side of the defence in recent months, the Argentine currently out of action through injury.
In other Tottenham news, Bent has told Football Insider that he questions the mindset of one of the Lilywhites’ international stars.