By Danny Wright

24th Jul, 2017 | 3:39pm

'There's a big opportunity now' - Tottenham 20-year-old gives verdict on Walker exit

By Danny Wright

Kyle Walker-Peters has admitted that the has been a “big opportunity” open up for him following Kyle Walker’s exit from Tottenham.

The 20-year-old has been the understudy of both Walker and Kieran Tierney in recent seasons, but he is now keen to become Mauricio Pochettino’s second choice at right-back.

Walker, 27, has recently completed a big-money move to Manchester City in a deal which is widely reported to be worth £50million.

Spurs are yet to sign a replacement for the England international as they are the only Premier League team yet to announce the arrival of a new player.

However Walker-Peters believes that it has presented him with the perfect chance to make a permanent step up to the senior squad provided Pochettino doesn’t look for a new right-back elsewhere.

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“There’s a big opportunity now that Kyle Walker has gone. I’m trying to show that I can be second in line,” he said, as quoted by ESPN report Dan Kilpatrick on his personal Twitter account on Monday.

“I want to get stronger, I want to keep getting faster, I want to work on my crossing. There are a lot of things I can improve.”

“Kieran and Kyle gave me advice. They’re telling me to talk more on the pitch, be a lot more vocal, get your winger to help you out.”

Walker-Peters is a graduate of the well-established Tottenham academy, but he is yet to earn a first-team appearance for the north London club.

The ten-times England Under-20 international found himself back the substitute’s bench on two occasions during last season’s FA Cup run, but that is as close as he came to showing Pochettino what he can offer to the squad.

He made 15 appearances in Premier League 2 last season for the Spurs Under-23 side, scoring two goals while playing at right-back.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs are close to signing this 22-year-old defender.

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