Noel Whelan has blasted Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to let Kyle Walker-Peter go out on loan to Premier League rivals Southampton. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker suggested that Spurs have left themselves understaffed in a key area of the pitch.

The 22-year-old right-back joined up with the Saints earlier this week, leaving Spurs with just Serge Aurier as a conventional senior option in that position.

And Whelan is thoroughly unimpressed with the move.

When asked whether Spurs were adequately equipped at right-back, he told Football Insider: “You can only use what you’ve got, and that’s all they’ve got.

“They allowed to let Walker-Peters go, which I think was a mistake because he’s a cracking young player and he’s also backup to what you’ve got. He’s got some Premier League experience.

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“You’re leaving yourself very, very short and you’re going to end up putting round pegs in square holes if Aurier does get injured.

“That’s not really what you’d expect from a big club – you’d expect them to have strength in depth in the right areas throughout the system. You’ve got to hope now that Aurier stays fit and doesn’t get injured.”

Walker-Peters is a product of the Spurs academy system, and made his debut for the club during the 2017/18 campaign. He has made 24 senior appearances for the team up until this point. 

Aurier has been the preferred option at right-back so far this term, and hasn’t missed a Premier League match since the 3-0 defeat to Brighton at the beginning of October. 

In other Tottenham news, Spurs hold talks about terminating contract of £10m-valued ace.