Danny Mills says that Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters needs to ensure he is playing regularly if he moves to Crystal Palace.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the right-back needs to “take a step backwards” for the good of his career.
Having seen the young defender struggle for game time this season, Mills says game time is absolutely crucial if he is going to forge a future at the highest level of English football.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s a player who just needs to get out and play.
“It’s tough for young players, when they’ve had a taste of first-team action and then they sort of get left out, maybe hasn’t gone quite as well as they hoped after a spell, they need to play.
“Will he go straight into the team at Crystal Palace? Maybe, maybe not, and I think sometimes players have to be brave, sometimes drop down the division to play, go to a club and just prove your worth, prove how good you are.
“Be prepared to trust in your own ability, have faith in yourself and just think: ‘I’m going to go and I’m going to play, and when I play I’m going to play well. Come the end of the season, people are going to start looking at me, people are going to be thinking this kid can play.’
“Take a step backwards to take a step forwards.”
Walker-Peters has played just five times for the Lilywhites this season, his only appearance under Jose Mourinho coming in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Portuguese boss has preferred to play Serge Aurier at right-back, with Davinson Sanchez having also filled in as a makeshift option this season.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has warned one player to be “very careful” as he makes a decision over his future.