By Alan Hutton

9th Jan, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton surprised as Spurs reportedly want to sell ace who may become 'World-beater'

Alan Hutton admitted he was surprised that Tottenham reportedly want to sell defender Kyle Walker-Peters.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Spurs full-back revealed he thought Walker-Peters may still become an “Absolute world-beater” given he’s still young.

It was recently reported that Spurs would prefer to sell the 22-year-old this month rather than loan him out, with Crystal Palace thought to be keen on borrowing his services.

Hutton explained that Walker-Peters hasn’t been given many opportunities so it would be hasty of Tottenham to write him off just yet.

The ex-Spurs defender added that if he was in charge of the club, he’d want to see how Walker-Peters fared out on loan, playing regularly, before making a judgement.

When asked if he’s surprised Spurs want to sell Walker-Peters, Hutton told Football Insider: “I am a little bit, to be honest.

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“Obviously he’s come through the ranks, he’s so young, and he obviously hasn’t had a lot of minutes as a few Champions League games, Cabaro Cups games.

“So me personally if I was in charge, I’d want him to go out on loan and experience playing week-in-week-out.

“Whether that be Crystal Palace or one of the other teams interested.

“Let him get minutes under his belt, then see, as he could turn out to be an absolute world-beater. 

“But he’s not been quite given the chance, so why not have him go out loan, let him get the experience and if you then don’t see him being a fit for Tottenham, then move him on, say in the summer.

“A loan gives you an option to have a look at him playing regularly, so I think for Spurs to want to sell him, is a little bit harsh, a little bit hasty.

“They should just take their time and see how things develope while he’s out on loan.”

 

Walker-Peters has played only five times across all competitions this season, featuring for only 422 minutes in the process.

The England U-21 international has been at Spurs for the entirety of his professional career and is contracted to stay with the North London club until 2023.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has urged one Spurs player to “take a step backwards” with talks underway over a January exit.