In a surprise move, Mauricio Pochettino has decided to start Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back in Tottenham’s first match of the new Premier League season against Newcastle United.

Kieran Trippier’s injury and a lack of other options means 20-year-old Walker-Peters is given his Premier League debut at St James’ Park.

There was talk of either Eric Dier or Moussa Sissoko playing on the right side of defence, but Pochettino has put his faith in youth as he has so often in the past.

Sissoko does start: it looks like he’ll be part of an attacking midfield trio with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Harry Kane starts up front.

Dier partners Mousa Dembele in central midfield. Victor Wanyama is only fit enough for the bench after recovering from a pre-season injury.

Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld join Walker-Peters in a back four. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris captains the side.

Heung-Min Son is also among the substitutes. Here’s how Twitter reacted to all the team news.



  1. There is no surprise. The person being tested is not KWP, it is Sissoko. The latter will play in front of KWP and it is time for him to show his skill, experience and strength, partly to help protect the youngster. This is a real test for Sissoko. I hope he passes it.


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