Jose Mourinho is set to sell Kyle Walker-Peters this summer after receiving a public stab in the back from the player.
Not much seems to be going the way of Mourinho in his fledgling Tottenham career. A torrid run have performances have left Spurs out of both the FA Cup and Champions League after to defeats to Norwich and RB Leipzig respectively, while the stagnant Premier League form has left the side languishing eight in the table.
To compound his woes, the former Manchester United manager recently received public criticism from Kyle Walker-Peters recently – who is currently out on loan in the South coast with Southampton.
The Saints man, in an interview on the Southampton official website, stated that “I think, had he stayed [Pochettino], I’d still be at Tottenham”.
Ever the ruthless leader, Mourinho has, as per Football Insider, given the go ahead to Walker-Peters exit in the summer window as he no longer sees him as part of his plans.
While the Englishman had been struggling for game time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium anyway before his loan move, it is telling that a player contracted to the club until 2023 – and a product of the academy – could be discarded so easily.
With Southampton not holding an obligation to buy the versatile full-back, it is seemingly unclear as to where his next destination will be.
For Mourinho, this unwanted reminder of the man who held the fort so securely before him – Mauricio Pochettino – will be added pressure to the already tense environment he finds himself in.
If, when the season eventually resumes, Spurs’ form does not improve, the former Real Madrid manager may find himself following Walker-Peters out the door.