Many Tottenham Hotspur fans believe Kyle Walker-Peters is the next big thing at the club, which is a thought echoed by team-mate Harry Winks.
Mauricio Pochettino has become renowned for bringing through players from the academy ranks wherever he has managed, with Spurs no different.
Along with Winks, Harry Kane has risen to the forefront of the Tottenham squad, becoming club captain in the process, and the Premier League’s top goalscorer for two seasons running.
Now it seems Pochettino has his eyes set on another youth prospect that he is prepared to nurture into a first-team talent in Walker-Peters.
The Argentine manager has taken the England under-20 star, for whom he impressed for whilst representing them in the U20 World Cup, on their pre-season tour of the United States with a view to see how he develops.
With the departure of Kyle Walker to Premier League rivals Manchester City, Kieran Trippier will be heavily considered to be the first choice right-back, however Walker-Peters will now become his understudy.
Winks expects the youngster to excel under the tutelage of Pochettino, having played with him during their academy days, believing his hard work will pay off in the future.
“He’s a top player. I’ve worked with him and played with him since I was 17. I know what he’s about and his strengths and weaknesses,” he told football.london.
“He’s technically very good. He’s quick, he’s intelligent and reads the game well.
“He’s been with the boys for the last year or so, so he knows what first team football is about. Hopefully, if he keeps improving and working hard he’ll get an opportunity.”
Walker-Peters has already shown he can be very versatile when required, having been utilised as a left-back during the World Cup triumph in South Korea, whilst also being used in the same position against AS Roma in Spurs’ last match.
Winks does not feel the pressure will get to his team-mate, believing he will take it as it is and not let it affect his performance or development.
“There’s always pressure to impress and do well. I know Kyle personally. I don’t think he’ll let it get into his head and get nervous because of it,” the midfielder said.
“He’s someone who will just take it in his stride and he will continue to improve if he keeps doing that.”