'I would sell him' - Sky Sports pundit delivers verdict on Tottenham senior star
By Will Butcher
Charlie Nicholas has revealed he would sell Tottenham defender Kyle Walker if a suitable offer came in for the England international.
The Sun reported on Wednesday that Chelsea had joined both Manchester clubs in the race to sign the 26-year-old, with £40million said to be enough to complete a deal for the right-back.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show (10am), Nicholas claimed he would cash in on Walker because the club need money to fund the construction of their new stadium.
“The financial structures at Spurs will be suffering due to the new stadium,” Nicholas said. “They’re having to budget. If clubs are interested in some of your players, then you would consider selling.
“Walker has improved dramatically under the current manager, but if you get big money I think I would sell him.
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“Kieran Trippier has improved also at right back and they could bring someone else in for less money. Man City are crying out for full-backs.”
Walker’s future is in doubt with the north London giants after Mauricio Pochettino decided to axe the defender in place of Trippier in recent matches.
Spurs’ number two has developed a reputation as one of the best right-backs in European football at the moment, after a sublime season in Spurs’ Premier League title chase.
Making 39 league and cup appearances in all competitions, Walker has proved a constant threat in Pochettino’s 3-4-3 system from the right flank and has provided six assists this term.
With a contract until the summer of 2021, it would take a huge offer for Spurs to consider selling the former Sheffield United full-back but it remains to be seen if he will stay ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Walker could be handed a start against Leicester City on Thursday night, as Pochettino’s side travel to the King Power Stadium to face last season’s title rivals.
In other Tottenham news, Ossie Ardiles has sent this message to fans ahead of their clash against the Foxes.