Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters will have to have one of “the games of his life” if he is to keep Manchester City’s attack at bay, according to Danny Mills.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the 22-year-old is set to face a serious threat from whoever lines up for Pep Guardiola, tipping the youngster to be handed the starting role over Serge Aurier at right-back.
Walker-Peters was chosen by Mauricio Pochettino to line up against Aston Villa in the first game of the season, the Ivorian international coming back from a hand injury suffered while playing for his country.
Mills suggests that it will be the young Englishman who plays against the reigning champions and that he will have to put in a top-class performance if he wants to nullify City’s attacking threats.
Mills told Football Insider: “He gave Walker-Peters in the first match, I assume he’ll do the same again but that’ll be a massive test. I think it’s going to be difficult playing against one of the most in-form teams, in-form players in the Premier League – they’re outstanding.
“It could be Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez – all three will pose different types of his problems and he’s going to have to have the game of his life.”
Walker-Peters played just 10 times across all competitions last season, finding himself behind both Aurier and Kieran Trippier in the pecking order in north London.
He has a total of 20 appearances for the Lilywhites, with an ability to play on either the left or right-hand side of the defence.