Date: 9th May 2021 at 9:15am
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Speaking exclusively to This is Futbol, Carlton Palmer has praised Kyle Walker-Peters’ decision to leave Tottenham and said the right-back simply needed to be playing regular football.

The 24-year-old had slipped down the pecking order at his boyhood club last season, making just five appearances prior to his loan move to Southampton in January.

Walker-Peters quickly became a regular at St Mary’s following a string of impressive performances when football returned after the first lockdown in 2020.

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And the Saints decided to make his deal permanent last summer in a £15m deal.

The former Spurs has continued to shine despite Southampton’s struggles, appearing 31 times in all competitions, and produced another measured display in the recent draw with Leicester.

Walker-Peters came through the Academy at Tottenham, which wouldn’t have made his exit any easier.

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And Palmer praised the right-back for taking a risk of leaving something he knew so well and was comfortable with to enhance his chances of more regular football.

He told This is Futbol:

“[It’s] always a good decision to play. You’ve got to play. It doesn’t matter where you go to as a young player, or a player out of the side, you need to play.

“If you’re not playing, nobody is going to buy you, you need game-time, it’s that simple. There’s no point of sitting on the bench or in the , you should get out and play.

did that two seasons ago at Villa and has come back to Chelsea and done well.”