Exclusive: Robinson suggests rise of Tottenham starlet may spell end for player he rated
Paul Robinson has suggested that Japhet Tanganga’s rise into the senior side at Tottenham could spell the end of Kyle Walker-Peters.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he is surprised by the 22-year-old’s fall out of the reckoning under Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese boss has not used Walker-Peters in the Premier League at all this season, promising starlet Tanganga coming into the side to play against Liverpool last weekend.
With the 20-year-old impressing in his first few games in the first team, Robinson suggests a move away would be best for his defensive counterpart.
Asked if Tanganga’s rise meant the end of Walker-Peters’ future at Spurs, Robinson told Football Insider: “I’m surprised with Walker-Peters and the talk of him going to Crystal Palace.
“I thought obviously when they sold Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier was there and when they sold Trippier, I genuinely thought Walker-Peters would be vying for, if not starting every week, the spot with Aurier.
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“I’m surprised the way he’s fallen out the reckoning but managers have their own opinions on players and players have their own opinions on managers. If he’s fallen down the pecking order then a move, a loan or permanent, is the right thing for him.”
Walker-Peters has a total of 24 appearances under his belt for Spurs since breaking through the youth ranks, only five of those outings coming this season.
Meanwhile Tanganga’s three senior runouts have come in the 2019/20 campaign, featuring in the League Cup and the FA Cup as well as the Premier League.
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