Kyle Walker’s £50 million move to Manchester City last month left Tottenham short at the back, and things only got worse when Kieran Trippier injured his ankle against Juventus at Wembley.
Spurs are expected to sign a right-back, but a new recruit was the last thing on the minds of the fans on Sunday.
In a surprise move, Mauricio Pochettino gave a debut to 20-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters in defence. He was named man of the match as Tottenham cruised to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The day before, Kyle Walker played his part in a 2-0 win for Manchester City at Brighton. But which Kyle was better?
The numbers show that, at least statistically, Spurs debutant Walker-Peters had the better weekend. As the image below indicates, the youngster covered more miles, made more tackles and finished with a better pass completion rate than his near-namesake.
— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) August 13, 2017
No one is saying Walker-Peters is anywhere near eclipsing Walker, but the academy graduate’s debut gave Tottenham supporters plenty to get excited about.