Sky: Tottenham field approach for emerging star, emphatic decision made
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have rejected an approach for teenage full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the London giants “recently turned down” an enquiry for the youth team right-back, 19.
It is said that manager Mauricio Pochettino is loathe to allow the club’s rising stars to go out on loan as he “prefers to keep his best youngsters training and travelling with the first-team for their development”.
The Argentine believes that young players can pick up bad habits during loan spells at lower league clubs even if they get the benefit of regular first-team football.
Sky Sports report that Tom Carroll, who is closing in on a transfer to Swansea, is expected to be the only player that leaves Tottenham this month.
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Spurs have earned a reputation for a productive academy system and for nurturing and developing some of the best young talents in England in recent seasons.
Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Carroll Ryan Mason Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Crystal Palace summer signing Andros Townsend all graduated from the Tottenham academy into the first-team squad, while Eric Dier and Dele Alli have taken huge strides in a very short time at White Hart Lane.
The next generation to come through the ranks include attacking midfielder Josh Onomah, 19, Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18, and Walker-Peters.
The England Under-20 international is highly regarded by Spurs coaches, although he is a rung below Onomah and Winks and is yet to make his senior Tottenham bow.
Senior pair Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are ahead of Walker-Peters in the pecking order but he has demonstrated his potential as a regular member of the club’s Under-23s in Premier League 2.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.