Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters has admitted that he has to prove to the likes of Mauricio Pochettino if he is ready to start more games for the club.
Sitting down to talk to Tottenham’s official website, the 22-year-old right-back spoke about his personal aims for the season and how much he loves playing for the club he supported as a kid.
Walker-Peters started in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the opening game of the Premier League season, and the fullback admitted that he was emotional when Harry Kane scored the goal that put Spurs ahead deep into the second half.
Walker-Peters said: “I was just thinking about how much I love Harry (Kane)! Honestly, I could have cried on the pitch. It was that sort of emotion as the goal went in.
“When that goal goes in, you just think about everything you have been through to get here; everything I have been through on my journey to getting into the first-team and finally getting more and more opportunities as the gaffer is showing that trust in me.
“And, growing up in Tottenham, I just love the club, so those moments mean just that little bit extra. You can’t control these emotions, it just happens. Everything just builds up in you, especially in that game.
As well as waxing lyrical about the club and his teammates, Walker-Peters commented on how important it was for him to start the opening game of the season, how is ready to prove to the club and fans that he is ready to take the mantle of first-team right-back.
The youngster said: “In terms of my career, that match was very important to me. I have to prove to the staff here and prove to the fans that I am ready to play in important games, help the team and hopefully be a part of a successful season.”