Exclusive: Ex-Spur gutted after Tottenham agree to sell 23-yr-old he rates highly
Darren Bent admits he was disappointed with Kyle Walker-Peters at Tottenham after his move to Southampton was confirmed.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, revealed he had tipped the right-back to stake a claim for a regular starting role in north London last season.
Tottenham confirmed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old had completed a permanent move to the south coast after half-a-season on loan with the Saints.
We have reached agreement with @SouthamptonFC for the permanent transfer of Kyle Walker-Peters.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 11, 2020
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs accepted a £12million move from the Saints for the right-back.
Bent believes the move to St Mary’s is best for all parties involved but admits he had high hopes for Walker-Peters at Spurs.
Asked if he thought it was good business from the Lilywhites, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it is. I did like Walker-Peters and I did think at the start of last season he was going to be that guy who was going to be that main right-back, it’s not quite worked out for him with injuries and stuff.
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“At Southampton, I like what they’re doing down there, they’ve got a number of very good players down there and they had a really strong finish to the season when people thought they were in trouble.
“I like Walker-Peters, I think he’ll suit them down there and play well and it’s a chance for him to get regular game time so I think that’s probably best for all concerned.”
Walker-Peters left Spurs after making 24 first-team appearances in north London.
He featured 10 times during his loan spell at Southampton last season, including in every match following the Premier League restart in June.
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