Born locally in Edmonton, boyhood Spurs fan Kyle Walker-Peters has come up through our Academy system and made his senior breakthrough in 2017-18.
Having impressed in a handful of summer friendlies over the previous couple of years, the young right-back was thrust into the limelight on the opening weekend of that campaign with a start and Man of the Match performance on his debut in a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United.
His second league start came on the final day in a thrilling 5-4 home victory over Leicester City in which he supplied two assists. In all, he featured nine times for the first team in 2017-18, switching between right- and left-back duties and scoring his first goal in the snow at the end of a dramatic FA Cup tie against Rochdale in February, 2018.
Capable of operating in both full-back roles, Kyle initially played twice for the Under-18s in 2012-13 before featuring in 25 more league games at that level in addition to both FA Youth Cup ties we were involved in during 2013-14. He scored in a 5-1 league defeat of Wolves in April, 2014.
In 2014-15, Kyle helped us win the Premier League Under-18 Champions Cup and the IMG Cup in Florida and started all six games as we reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup. He scored twice in that competition, against Wolves and Nottingham Forest, and also netted once in 12 league starts for the Under-18s. By the end of that campaign, he was a regular for our Under-21s, making 13 appearances in total.
He made his senior friendly debut on our post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia in May, 2015, and was a mainstay of our Under-21s side in 2015-16. He appeared in 20 of our 22 league games at that level - starting all of them - and also started all four of our games in the Premier League Under-21 International Cup. He was crowned Under-21s Player of the Month by the Premier League in December, 2015, and made his first senior competitive matchday squad appearance when he was named on the bench for our 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth in March, 2016.
In 2016-17, he started all six of our matches in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League and played 15 times for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2, scoring in away and home matches against Derby County, before spending the latter months of the campaign training regularly with the first team and being named on the bench for our FA Cup home wins over Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers in January, 2017.
Kyle earned his first opportunity on the international stage when he was called up by England Under-18s in September, 2014. He has since been capped at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels and, along with Josh Onomah, won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with England Under-20s in South Korea in June, 2017, in what was the first time England had won a World Cup at any level since 1966. On the bench for the Young Lions' first two matches, Kyle came in to start at left-back in the third and final group stage match against the host nation and was ever-present from there on in as England lifted the trophy with a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the final.
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