By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2018 | 5:01pm

Tottenham to fast-track rookie duo into XI v Leicester, one'll be first teamer for years to come

COMMENT By Richard Parks

It is high time Kyle Walker-Peters is catapulted from the fringes of the Tottenham team into the starting XI.

The rookie full-back is a hugely promising player with the potential to be not only a very good one but also a Spurs first teamer for years to come.

With a top-four finish and Champions League qualification already secured for next season, Tottenham’s clash against Leicester on Sunday is a fairly meaningless one.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to nail down a third-placed finish but is unlikely to take any risks with regulars following the crucial midweek win against Newcastle.

The Spurs manager explained at his media briefing on Friday afternoon that youthful defensive pair Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth could be handed rare starts for the team’s final match of the season amid major doubts over senior quintet Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier.

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As quoted on Football.London, Pochettino said: “I think Juan Foyth deserves to play and he is doing fantastic and I will repeat that so maybe, I am thinking, maybe it is is not crazy to see a player like him or Kyle Walker-Peters in the starting XI.”


White Hart Lane academy product Walker-Peters has made just eight first-team appearances for the club but has already demonstrated the potential to develop into a established senior player.

The England Under-21 international is a right-back by trade but can also fill in at left-back, as he did against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup and Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League earlier this season.

Mobile, confident on the ball and with the energy to bomb up and down the line, Walker-Peters needs a run of games to show his manager he can be more than just an afterthought.

With doubts over the defensive reliability of senior pair Trippier and Aurier, Tottenham still lack a right-back of the same class as left-back pairing Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

Walker-Peters could be the answer, and will do his case no harm if he thrives against an attack featuring the goalscoring prowess of Jamie Vardy and the creative genius of Riyad Mahrez.

In other Tottenham news, it has been revealed by a club insider that Spurs are working on sensational deals to sign dazzling duo, and the arrival of a WORLD-CLASS player is also on the cards.

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