I rate Kyle Walker as the best right back in the Premier League – I also believe his understudy/replacement Kieran Trippier is an exciting prospect.
England international Walker has been linked with a possible move to Manchester City, although the £40 million fee might be a stumbling block.
News that Trippier has signed a new, five-year deal with Spurs has cast another darker cloud over Walker’s future with the North London club.
Trippier has pushed his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans to such an extent last season that Tottenham are willing to sell Walker for the right price.
So we are led to believe by various newspapers this morning.
Walker is said to be unhappy at Spurs but, as I’ve said before, any player would be mad to leave Spurs at this exciting time for the club.
The 26-year-old Trippier joined Spurs from Burnley for £3.5m in 2015 and has played 41 times over two seasons.
He made great strides last season, despite making only 12 appearances, but did make his England debut against France in June, and presented Pochettino with a conundrum. Me or Walker?
It certainly presents the Spurs boss with a selection problem – but one most managers would welcome.
Competition for places is key to a club’s forward progress. But keeping both players, and more, happy is another issue entirely.
You want to build a squad capable of challenging for the title, but a manager can only select 11 players each week.
It is widely reported Walker has opened talks with City who are short in the right back department having parted company with both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.
Key to the Walker deal will depend on Pep Guardiola’s quest to sign Dani Alves who confirmed he was quitting Serie A giants Juventus.
More to come on this, that’s for sure.