Usually, when a player is one of the finest in the country in his position, selling him sounds like madness. Usually, when a club is in the finest position it’s been in decades, selling the best players becomes a terrible idea. However, this summer, we might just see Tottenham Hotspur test that theory with the sale of Kyle Walker. Apparently, the rapid full-back has fallen out with manager Mauricio Pochettino, having grown tired of being rotated in and out of the side for the excellent Kieran Trippier.
Rumours are awash that Manchester City and United would love to sign the full-back, with a move to Champions League clubs high on his agenda if he does leave White Hart Lane. A quality full-back who has taken a few years to acclimatize at the top level, Walker has shown on numerous occasions this season that his development has finally hit the levels it was expected a few years ago.
According to reports, Pochettino believes that Walker lacks fitness and stamina, and worries that he cannot play two major games in a week: something that Walker is said to refute and contend with in the most severe way.
After rowing with the coach about this supposed weakness, the word on the street is that Walker will be moving out of London this summer, with none of their rivals linked with the Englishman. A straining in the relationship of coach and player can be healed quickly enough in the beautiful game, though, so there’s still plenty of time for reconciliation.
However, it’s not often that the Argentine has been proven wrong in his stint in England so far. A fine judge of player, and person, Pochettino clearly has reached the end of the line with Walker. What does that say about Walker? Is Pochettino making a mistake moving on such an important player? Or is he justified, with the consistency of Trippier waiting to fill in?
A player of immense talent and with a long-term deal signed at the start of the season, his attitude has now actively been called into question. With expected fees of around £35m expected to be paid for the full-back, it’s going to be interesting to see where he ends up.