Gary Lineker reacts on Twitter to Walker-Peters Tottenham debut in win v Newcastle
By Harry Sykes
Gary Lineker took to Twitter to express his admiration at Kyle Walker-Peters as he made his Tottenham debut in their 2-0 win against Newcastle on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was given the nod by manager Mauricio Pochettino to start at right-back in Spurs’ Premier League opener.
With Kyle Walker sold to Manchester City this summer for £50million and Kieran Trippier out injured, Spurs academy product Walker-Peters joined established triumvirate Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies in the back four.
Walker-Peters looked at home on his competitive debut and was even awarded by the man of the match by Sky Sports, who broadcast the match live.
Match of the Day host Lineker was also impressed by the England Under-20 international and claimed on his personal Twitter account he had “started well” in a Tottenham shirt.
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Walker-Peters has started well for Spurs. Rose-Davies has been solid too.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 13, 2017
The score was 0-0 when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off after 48 minutes for stamping on the foot of Dele Alli.
Spurs immediately made Shelvey pay for his ill discipline, with Alli putting them ahead after 61 minutes with a clinical finish from Christian Eriksen’s pinpoint pass.
Ben Davies made sure of the three points with a second nine minutes later to ensure Tottenham got their title challenge off to a solid start.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an attacking midfielder has pulled out of training at a Premier League club after Spurs tabled a player exchange offer.