Judas Iscariot. Benedict Arnold. Robert Ford. Lando Calrissian. Dennis Nedry. Sol Campbell. Society reserves a special kind of scorn for the traitor, those willing to put themselves first, foremost, and before all else, whether it be loyalty, respectability, or simple common decency. But where exactly is the threshold for treachery? Just how duplicitous do you have to be to etch your name into the annals of infamy alongside the fella who dobbed in Han Solo? And how exactly is such chicanery quantified?
Take Kyle Walker-Peters, for example. The Southampton full-back has been on the books at St. Mary’s since 2020, when he was sold to the Saints by boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur. He only ever made a handful of senior appearances for Spurs, and since then, three years have passed. Now, courtesy of a report from transfer insider Dean Jones, we learn that Arsenal could be interested in signing him this summer. Et tu, KWP?
But would his arrival at the Emirates spark outrage or apathy? Would he be booed and jeered relentlessly by Tottenham supporters, or would they merely shrug their shoulders and say nothing whatsoever? Answers on a postcard please.
Elsewhere, Spurs are in the market for a new goalkeeper, and could have their heart set on Dean Henderson, according to ESPN. After being jilted and replaced by both Manchester United and Nottingham Forest in recent times, it would be fair to assume that he may have amassed a trust issue or two. This could be the first transfer in Premier League history that includes a pre-nup.
And finally, Leeds United’s Willie Gnonto is in demand, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City are all circling for the little Italian, who has lit up Elland Road to such an extent that the £4 million they paid for him last summer is starting to look like the biggest heist on British soil since the Great Train Robbery.
Gnonto could still stay put, provided the Whites can beat the drop this season, but in the event of his departure, he could cost as little as £16 million. He’d be a bargain at twice the price.